Game On: Hornets @ Bulls

Published: March 7, 2011

Jarrett Jack, Marco Belinelli, Quincy Pondexter, and Willie Green. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the perimeter rotation for the Hornets tonight. If I had told you one year ago that the Hornets would be relying on these four to go into a hostile environment against the Eastern Conference’s hottest (and perhaps best) team, would you have believed me? Would you have even wanted to know?

Chris Paul’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared, but he will be out tonight and it is likely that Ariza will miss the game as well with a strained groin. That means that the Hornets are going to have to find a way to slow down MVP candidate Derrick Rose and the often underrated Luol Deng without their two best perimeter defenders. It also means that the Hornets are going to have to find a way to create offense against the league’s second best defensive team without a playmaker. The five guys starting tonight average a combined 6.7 assists per game, and even if you throw Willie into that mix, you are still under 8 per game.

This Chicago defense is tough when it is able to get set, but it becomes nearly impossible to defeat when the opposing team can not generate constant ball movement. If the Hornets are hoping that they can just use West and Landry to bully the Bulls front line like they did to Cleveland last night, then they will be in for a long game. To be successful against this Bulls defense, teams need to do two things well; have great ball movement off of penetration and get to the free throw line. Witness Chicago’s loss just two weeks ago against Toronto where the Raptors had 43 field goals (29 of which were assisted) and took 34 free throws.

On the other end, it is going to be extremely tough for Jack to stay with Rose, as we have seen him exposed by point guard’s with half of Rose’s quickness and athleticism. It will be interesting to see if Monty decides to put Belinelli on him for stretches to counter the quickness and to better challenge Rose’s jump shot. The other tough matchup will be rookie Quincy Pondexter going up against Luol Deng, who is a savvy vet that seems to fly under the radar despite his considerable skills. Deng is steady and gets a lot of his points off of kick-outs by Rose. If Derrick Rose is breaking down the Hornets defense at will, Q-Pon might get caught peaking on occasion and leave Deng for some wide open looks. I wouldn’t be surprised if Willie Green gets most of the minutes at the 3 tonight, despite the fact that he will be giving up nearly six inches to Deng.

We can try to be as positive as possible heading into this game, but the truth is that this is just not a good matchup for the undermanned Hornets, and a victory here would probably be the most unlikely win of the season. Chicago is back at full strength and clicking right now, while the Hornets have been a MASH unit since the beginning of February and are without their leader. Perhaps the Bulls are mentally fatigued from their battle with Miami, perhaps the Hornets will dedicate this game to CP3 and will fire on all cylenders, and maybe Chicago takes this game too lightly- who knows? That’s why they play the game.

Other Notes and Observations:

– No timetable set for CP3’s return, although I am sure that he will be begging the staff to be back on the court when the Hornets return home to face the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Thanks to Dariusz for the banner, as he says the motivation behind it was to get CP3 better. Lets hope it works.

– West didn’t seem bothered at all by the ankle injury, but he is still not 100% and it is something to continue monitoring. Hopefully the Hornets are getting all these minor injuries out of the way and can head into the playoffs at 100%.

– D West does not play well at Chicago (just 10.6 PPG on less than 40% shooting) and the Hornets have not fared well there as a team, losing four of their last five while scoring less than 88 PPG as a team.

– Bulls have won 16 of their last 17 at home. While their defense has been great both at home and on the road, it is their offense that makes the difference at home, as they shoot 47% at home and 45% on the road, scoring nearly 4 more PPG at home as a team.

– Since coming to New Orleans, Jarrett Jack has played in 8 games where he has gotten 25+ minutes. In those games he is averaging 17 PPG, shooting 59% from the floor and 56% from three.

– After tonight, the Hornets only have 5 more road games left. Hornets will come home tonight and will not have to leave the comfort of their own beds until March 23rd. After a three game road trip, the Hornets will have another long stretch at home from March 28th- April 9th. Getting the 4 seed might not be doable, but this is a great chance for the Hornets to separate themselves from Memphis, Portland, and Denver. With the way the Lakers are playing, they are likely to eventually pass Dallas for the #2 seed, which means that New Orleans wants to do whatever it can to avoid that #7 seed.

Vegas Zone: The opening line before both teams played their games yesterday was Bulls -8. Surprisingly, after the Bulls big win and CP3’s concussion, the line only moved to 10. The Hornets have not been double digit underdogs in any game this year. The over/under is also a season-low for the Hornets at 179.5. Of course, whenever all of the facts point one way, the smart thing is to bet the other way. Hornets stay close and both defenses take a night off. Bulls 102 Hornets 99.

– And now, my favorite feature on Game On posts….. Cap…… That……. Pic!


  1. Mark

    March 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Oh Lordy what is Aaron Gray doing in that picture

  2. Chuck

    March 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    What was last week’s winning caption?

    Caption: I wish I could tell you that Al fought the good fight, and the Bulls let him be. I wish I could tell you that…

  3. Hornet Seantonio

    March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm


    “Joakim- Hey Al! Bradleys been staring at your but!!!
    GRAY- Wait, what this butt??
    Bradley- Stop it guys your embarassing me.”

  4. AgentZiko

    March 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Can’t drop the soap in prison. Can’t drop a ball on the court. Poor Al’s about to be initiated.

    • AgentZiko

      March 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Gotta love how Brad Miller’s walking up behind him with a half smile on his face too.

  5. ur_gmas_daughter

    March 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Caption: Harrington – “DAMMIT! I hate it when my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard”

  6. Jeremy

    March 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Aaron: (tapping Harrington) Al, I likes ya and I wants ya. Now, we can do this the easy way or the HARD way. The choice is yours

    Al: All right, all right.

    Joakim: DAMN!!

    • Plane_Jane318

      March 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Gotta love the Boondocks reference….LMAO

    • Bywas2001hornets4ever225

      March 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      O I see u choosing the hard way, u gon make me ruin dat butt!

  7. Hornet

    March 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  8. Kevin

    March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    If Ariza was playing, I would stick him on Rose. Chris or Jack could guard Bogans; Belinelli, Deng.

    Not that any of that matters now, but it sounds good in my head.

  9. Plane_Jane318

    March 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    yeaaaahhhhh…..don’t have any expectations for this game. Just hope we stay competative through all 4 qtrs. If we do pull out a W that will be great and also very good for moral knowing we beat a very very hot team without CP or Ariza.

  10. JCS

    March 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Pictures like that are reason #4080 why Aaron Gray disgusts me. Anyway, Hornets are getting speared tonight. Bulls are heading to the Eastern Conference Finals and no one can stop them. Fact.

    • 42

      March 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm


  11. Kyle

    March 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Aaron- “No! That’s a bad bee!”
    Brad- “Ewww! I’m allergic!”

  12. Hordan

    March 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Pondexter explodes for 40, Jack 30 points 21 assists, and Belinelli 9-9 for 3. Yep, I see us winning this game under these circumstances…

    • Stefan

      March 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      That’s over exaggerating….

      I’m sure we can still win if Beli goes 8-8 from 3 point land.

    • JCS

      March 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      If Jack came off the bench with 30, would that be the same as exploding?

  13. Stefan

    March 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm


    Noah — “Daaaaayuuum! How do your cakes have more wrinkles than your head?”

    Gray — “Cake?!? Can I have a piece??”


    March 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    gray is thinking ” im ganna smack that butt


  15. James Online

    March 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    It’s unlikely that Marco will get many touches, and few if any from three point land, if Jackemup starts at point. Marco works hard for open looks but it gets very disheartening when Jack makes no effort to spot and feed him.

  16. Sincerely Yours96

    March 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Qpon gonna go off 2nite watch. Jack is gonna get burned by Drose tho. This might jus be me but i think we shud pick up another guard to fill CP3’s void. Aubrey Coleman, Pargo? jus my thoughts but a FA or D League player for maybe a ten day contract. Does anyone know how our PG rotation is looking tonite?

    • ur_gmas_daughter

      March 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      We do have a 3rd PG in Marcus Banks if need be but is it even worth it?

      • Sincerely Yours96

        March 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        lol forgot about Banks. He doesnt count lol

      • Stefan

        March 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

        In all seriousness, Marcus Banks can’t keep up with point guards at my school in Vegas. We don’t want him.

  17. 42

    March 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Caption: Never high five a man with hemorrhoids.

  18. JCS

    March 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Caption: Jok’em told Gray, “If you tap that, out comes your puppy chow.”

    • paul

      March 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Here’s one for you…
      Noah is an idiot punk.
      He gets paid tons of money without ever having to have earned it.
      He never plays a full season due to injuries.
      He flops around, running in and out and all around making everybody think he is fast.
      Well, fast he is but he’s an emotional idiot.
      He never has had the numbers everybody seems to think he has.

      • JCS

        March 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        I don’t work for the Bulls organization paul. *shrugs and walks away*

      • Kevin

        March 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

        Or Noah is one of the most important players to his team in the league.

  19. paul

    March 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    tonight Okafor owns Noah….

  20. HiMyNameisSteven

    March 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Noah: DAMMMMMNNNN LOOK AT THAT ASS… Go ahead Aaron tap that shit

    Lindsay Hunter in Corner: “ooooo yyaaaa thatll work… give it to me (looking at the strange object in corner of picture)

  21. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Caption: It’s #bootyappreciationday on Twitter and the Bulls bench clearly appreciate the Harrington booty.

  22. yankeesman77

    March 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Is there a live-chat here for this game tonight?

    • JCS

      March 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      No. Mac chose to skip this game and go out with his girl.

  23. Sincerely Yours96

    March 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    wats so wrong wit D. West season? (according to Bulls announcers CSN)

    • otherMark

      March 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      I was wondering the same thing! Also, is it really true that Okafor has been plagued by injuries for most of his career? I thought he was famously durable and just came off of a league-leading streak of games played. I hate how these other broadcast crews don’t know as much about the hornets as they do their own team! It’s positively epidemic, too. (Imagine sarcasm font for the last bit)

      • Sincerely Yours96

        March 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

        lol i thought Emeka had one of the longest active streaks of games played before that oblique injury too? These announcers sound silly

  24. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Hmmm so far the Chicago announcers have stated that Okafor’s health has been an ongoing issue since coming into the league, despite having consecutively played nearly 3 full seasons worth of games, and that West is struggling this year…


  25. Zolinho

    March 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    lol, how silent chicago fans are

  26. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    you’ve gotto dunk that oak

    • Zolinho

      March 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      power lay-ups :p
      btw he’s gonna own noah 😉

  27. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Okafor basically ust raped Rose.

    • otherMark

      March 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Not cool. He just spooned him…HARD.

  28. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Gotta stop leaving those layups on the rim. And get a rebound would be nice

  29. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Bulls D is hounding the Hornets, not letting them get anything moving

  30. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    If we are at full strength and CP3 is playing well, I think we are a very similar team to Chicago. I think we match up fairly well.

  31. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm


  32. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm


  33. yankeesman77

    March 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Pass The Pasta! because Belli is on fire!

  34. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Boozer has such a fruity free throw stroke.

  35. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    We should be winning. Refs gave Bulls the ball after it clearly went off Deng, and they scored. Then, we score later on and they say it’s a shot clock violation even though the ball was out of Landry’s hand before the light went on. 4 points given to Bulls by the zebras.

  36. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Wow the Bulls announcers are all over West this game.

  37. Sincerely Yours96

    March 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    “Jack almost walked” “Looked like a walk by Jack”. STFU these damn announcers

    • buzz

      March 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      everytime we touch the ball its a travel

  38. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    these chicago announcers are morons.

  39. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hahaha Rose just tried to pull off a highlight dunk, but then realized he couldn’t get high enough.

  40. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    get on the floor and get that ball bellinelli

  41. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    That’s now 6 points given to Bulls by refs. That ball went off Noah not Q-Pon.

  42. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Man West just can’t get it going tonight.

  43. Hornet Seantonio

    March 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    these refs killin me, and weve had good shots that just wont go down

  44. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    That was great! Noah goes up for a dunk and the crowd gets excited!!! blocked by west. Next play, Rose does some fancy dribble crowd goes ‘WOW’, blocked by 3 hornets!! great D. keep it up.

  45. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    8 points given to Bulls by refs. Random 3 second in the lane call on Landry right before West lays the ball up for the easy 2. This is getting ridiculous.

  46. otherMark

    March 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    My ears are bleeding! “With Chris Paul, they are more of a fast-breaking team, with Jarett Jack, the Hornets are more of a half-court team.” Sheesh.

  47. peronas

    March 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    So now the Hornets are a fast break team with CP but a half court team with Jack… So say the announcers…

  48. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    bad end to the 3rd qtr. cp suit up.

  49. Hornet Seantonio

    March 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    this win would be so huge, after they just beat the heat and we got no cp or ariza god i want it toooo much

  50. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    West can’t buy a basket.

  51. otherMark

    March 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    If only I could figure out how to synch up the Hornets radio broadcast with the internet feed I’m watching.

    • otherMark

      March 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      These announcers are making me inappropriately mad. I know our tv team has similar issues of homerism, but I really think that our radio guys are awesome. Knowledgeable, reasonably unbiased, and they don’t just spew noise.

  52. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Willie coming up clutch again!

  53. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Man, these refs are killlllling me.

  54. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm


    • JCS

      March 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Why do you keep calling players da gawd? Are you a 5 percenter?

      • mbdtf

        March 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        Why do you back the Bulls at all on a Hornets fan-site?

      • JCS

        March 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        I’m from Chicago. I’m a Bulls and Hornets fan and I’ve stated this for the past two years on this blog. I’ve also stated facts about the Bulls as I have about the Hornets, the Heat, the Lakers and so on. Now once again, are you a 5 percenter or is calling people gawd mainstream slang?

      • mbdtf

        March 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        It’s called simply getting excited about a player. Does it really matter?

      • JCS

        March 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        my bad gawd

  55. buzz

    March 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    jack just owned rose under the basket, beautiful!!!!!

  56. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Noah getting the Kobe treatment. Unbelievable.

  57. DownUnder

    March 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Im proud of the hornets tonight, so proud!

  58. mbdtf

    March 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Great effort tonight. If we get a few more calls or if D West had his shot, we win this.

  59. DownUnder

    March 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    But u need better offense then that at the key possestions of a game

    • DownUnder

      March 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm


  60. pinoyballah

    March 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    comeon green.. you could have gotten a better shot than that jumpshot. drive it and get a foul, the game is on the line!

  61. Hornet Seantonio

    March 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    ya if green would have lost that i would have lost it, it is what it is. we played good game without cp and ariza

  62. JayRey

    March 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Jack: 23pts 4 reb 3 ast…5 TO’s 8-19 FG’S. Eh not bad. He definitely did his part in leaving us in this game.

    Green: 3-13 FG’s 6 pts
    West: 4-17 FG’s 11 pts
    If these two hit at least near their averages, this game would’ve been ours.

    Good game by Belinelli. It’s nice for him to have found his rhythm again. We definitely need his production going forward.

    • Stefan

      March 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

      True, but these guys aren’t expected to get their averages against a rigorous Chicago defense, especially without CP3 creating for them.

  63. Rocco

    March 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Tonight I believe we saw why a large dose of Jarrett Jack at the point is like liver and onions. A little goes a long way. Jack is a scorer first and foremost. With the ball in his hands it usually stays there. He can get to the line, but its at the expense of a stagnant offense. Some of the few times he tried to creat , turnovers and ill-timed passes were often the result. Still the pollenators almost won this thang! That’s without CP3, Ariza. And, with West seemingly having lost his coordinates for the basket. Beli was gassed by the end of the game and kind of disappeared from the offense. But, like I said gritty effort by NOLA.

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