Game On: Kings @ Hornets – the Prodigal Son Returns

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Published: March 12, 2011

Matchup: Kings(15-48) @ Hornets(38-29)

Off Efficiency: Kings 100.2(26th), Hornets 103.2(20th)
Def Efficiency: Kings 106.4(19th), Hornets 100.6(5th)

Right before the All-Star break, Tyreke Evans finally gave in to the plantar fascitis in his foot that had been plaguing him all year and sat down for three weeks. A few days after the All-Star break, the Kings acquired Marcus Thornton. It proved to be a good match.

Tyreke Evans plays the same way Dwayne Wade does. He dominates the ball, attacks the rim, over dribbles, and the only set plays he’s interested in get him the ball on the perimeter, and then set screens for him to score off the dribble. Marcus Thornton, of course, is the same sort of offensive player too, except he’s a better deep shooter and much, much worse at drawing fouls.

The result, of course, is Marcus Thornton helping the Kings not miss a beat by letting them play the same familiar brand of basketball they have done all season. Now, whether that’s good or not is severely debatable. (McNamara is screaming “No!!!” off in the distance) The result is a 1-7 record since Thornton has arrived.

Anyways, as to the actual game, the Kings are Golden-state like in their approach. You have no idea what play they are going to run next, because they break plays freely, don’t actually know which play they’ll run next themselves, and most of the team is only interested in getting their hands on the ball and shooting, shooting, shooting. That happens to be the sort of offense that can crack the Hornets carefully executed defense. Sometimes Chaos Wins. (Sounds like a Fantasy novel title)

Injuries:

Hornets: None
Kings: Evans is Out, Udrih is probable(wasn’t with team yesterday due to illness)

Positional Analysis

Going to do this a little differently.  Not a significant change though.

Point: Paul v Udrih
Advantage: Hornets
Paul comes back from his concussion tonight with almost a full week of rest under his belt, and will play either against Udrih, who is recovering from illness and missed practice yesterday, or Luther Head. Udrih has a history of going off against the Hornets, but he’s a Jarrett Jack style point guard, more interested in finishing(which he can do well) than distributing. Head is a shooting guard in a point guard’s body. Paul is the complete package, whether he comes out aggressively shooting or not.

Wings: Belinelli and Ariza v Buckets and Francisco Garcia
Advantage: Kings
This one is a hard one to call. Belinelli has been playing great since the departure of Thornton, but Ariza still looked injured in the last game and went 0-10. Thornton and Garcia are both very good offensive players, and though their defense is awful, if only Belinelli is punishing them for their lapses, this goes in favor of the Kings. Oh, by the way, I have no idea if Green or Belinelli will start this game. I went with Mama Mia after flipping a coin.

Big Men: Okafor and West v DeMarcis Cousins and Samuel Dalembert
Advantage: Hornets
Dalembert shuts down Okafor, but shuts himself down offensively by being terrible. West scores freely on either big men. Cousins either sucks or dominates in the post, depending on his effort that night. Since Cousins is having a down month and getting the ball much less with gunners like Udrih, Thornton and Garcia on the perimeter, I’m very comfortable calling this in favor of the Hornets.

Bench
Jack, Landry, Green, Gray, Pondexter v
Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi, Jermaine Taylor, Pooh Jeter
Advantage: Hornets
The Hornets have solidified their rotation for the playoffs at eight men with Gray or Pondexter getting minor situational minutes. This may actually be the strongest bench the Hornets franchise has ever sported. Considering where they were a year ago, that’s pretty amazing. With Landry leaving the Kings, the two players to benefit the most have been Thompson and Casspi, who took over Landry’s minutes and have been playing fairly well. Those two guys do give their bench some offensive punch and rebounding, but defensively, Thompson fouls way too much, and last game Casspi lost his man four times in the same corner on simple back-door cuts. I mean, do it once, okay. Twice, maybe, but four times? In a quarter?

Not scary.

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96 comments
James Grayson
James Grayson

Good win for the Hornets, that 18-2 run was crucial as the boys clamped down of defense. One of the best offensive games of the season for the Hornets. Let's go get them Nuggets!

coach44
coach44

Man, it was really quiet at the Hive tonight. The crowd couldn't get the team fired up, and the team couldn't put enough defensive stops together to get the crowd fired up until their run in the 4th quarter. I just cannot figure out why the Hornets can't bring it against bad teams, but they usually seem to play so well against good teams. BTW, 2 hornets sth sitting by me tonight with Kings Thornton jerseys on. Took em off in the middle of the 4th.

Thornton's Thunder
Thornton's Thunder

Coach 44...great observation, particularly when it was all for the arena to see (Nothing to hide here...nothing WHATSOEVER). Everyone (except for you) know that we are Marcus Thornton Fans!!! We are very proud of that and will continue to be! What I do find interesting is that you went out of your way to mention that; however, you failed to mention...(those same two Hornets' STH, me being one of them, also cheered for our Hornets team each and everytime we scored, or did anything worth cheering for). Just a lil detail that folks like you generally leave out:) We're very proud of Marcus, and we don't particularly care what others think as much as he care that HE knows we are his true fans! We're happy the Hornets did well, but we are equally excited that our friend played well! Go Marcus!!!! Geaux Hornets!!!

Thornton's Thunder
Thornton's Thunder

And my jersey was taken off @ halftime! But I waved it proudly each and everytime MARCUS did something exciting! FTR, my jersey is autographed, so when my brain kicked in...I felt more comfortable waving rather than wearing...my husband kept HIS jersey on!!!! Just a few more details to add to your point! (Sorry, I wish I'd posted all comments in same comment...but I keep remembering things)... I'm done!

Thornton's Thunder
Thornton's Thunder

PS...what you should have stated was that we were two Hornets fans wearing MARCUS THORNTON jerseys! Goodnight!

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

just tweeted this, but if you're not following me... Magic number for the Hornets: Den - 17 Por - 15 Grizzlies - 13 Phoenix - 14 Utah - 11 Rockets - 10 Hornets need to reduce magic numbers to at least 3 teams to 0. Note: Magic number is the number of hornets wins added with team x loses for a team to be assured to have a better record(therefore playoff berth) than that team. if hornets finish the season 11 - 3, with'd have a high chance of making the playoffs. is that possible?

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

Hornets next 14 games:DEN, PHO, BOS,@UTH,@PHO,@LA, POR, MEM, IND, HOU, PHO,@MEM, UTH,@DAL. my prediction? W, W, L, W, W, L, W, W, W, W, W, L, W, W that's 11 - 3 making our record 50 - 32. if that's the case, we are assured of AT LEAST the 8th spot. depending on how Den, Portland and Grizzlies finish their season(5 Den losses lifts us to at least ONE spot higher, 3 Portland loses lifts us to at least another one spot, and one grizzlies lost lifts us to at least 1 another spot).

42
42

We play many of those team in our last 14. Can be good, can be bad. It's good if we are good, bad if we are bad. So which are we? We are good. Say it again. We are good.

42
42

No anti-mascot . . .

Hornet Seantonio
Hornet Seantonio

Just got home from the game all i have to say is.....HES BAAAAAAACCCCKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!

tyler
tyler

dallas lost so if lose two me games we would have to play them instead of the lakers

tyler
tyler

dallas lost so if they lose two moe games we would have to play them instead of the lakers

Chuck
Chuck

3 observations: 1) OMGCP3!!!! 2) Carl Landry picked a really good night to score 20 to counter Thornton's points 3) Demarcus Cousins is the next Zach Randolph. And I mean that in a good way

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

focus on the next game(DEN), an expected win(in my opinion). Just needs to be said: Cp3 box score statistics: 33 PTs, 15 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals 57% FG, 86% FT, added 1 3ptm on just 2 turnovers. impressive as it is. but look at the advanced stat. 1.57 Point per shot, 7.5 ast/to ratio, 68.5 TS%, 57.51% Assist Rate on JUST 7.66 Turnover rate. WOW OH WOW.

JayRey
JayRey

Even when Paul is aggressive, he still manages to be super efficient!!

alika32
alika32

Marcus would have not got the same playing time, or same amount of points with the hornets in this game. I do miss the guy, but I think Landry Helps us so much more!

Kenny
Kenny

I would rather have both.

Mark
Mark

Underrated stat of the night: Landry with 10-11 FT.

tyler
tyler

wow i miss marcus

tyler
tyler

But I like Landry too

mbdtf
mbdtf

33 pts, 15 ast, 7 reb, 5 stl Yep.

Mark
Mark

Holy shiz Yeezy, CP is amazing.

Davey
Davey

Why are Paul and West still in the game?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Cousins is a good player. He'll probably be even better once he matures.

Gec
Gec

MEK SAYS I'M BLOCKAFOR

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

CP3 playing like CP3 circa 0709.

seb
seb

CP3 IS BACK BABY!!! If he can play at a high level with the way the rest of the team has been playing, then we may be in for an exiting post season!!!

Go Blue
Go Blue

I miss this CP3. Woooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Just 3 rebounds off a triple double!

James Grayson
James Grayson

I love losing to one of the worst teams in the league...

mbdtf
mbdtf

We NEED this win. Come on, fellas. Let's have a strong 4th!

Gec
Gec

Marcus is killing us

QueenBee
QueenBee

All former Hornets play hard against the Hornets.

Schmide234
Schmide234

Ariza has looked horrible tonight...just horrible. his defense hasnt even been too great. Average defense and bad offense equals TERRIBLE

Gec
Gec

great!! Great D, good Offense, effort and CP3!!! Hornets Basketball!!!!!!!!!!!

mbdtf
mbdtf

We just straight up can't guard this team for some reason.

CP3nBrees
CP3nBrees

Any online TV that is working...?

QueenBee
QueenBee

Hornets need to go on like a 20-2 run or something. LOL!

QueenBee
QueenBee

All Hornets big men will probably foul out tonite seeing the calls going against them. SMH.

QueenBee
QueenBee

These refs sure are trying to make this game about themselves. SMH.

JCS
JCS

LMAO...Me n' Tiago are sitting here cracking up reading your comments.

Gec
Gec

Landry 12 - Marcus 12

QueenBee
QueenBee

NBA officials are embarrassing.

QueenBee
QueenBee

That should indeed be a 3rd foul on Cousins. The refs are scared of him.

QueenBee
QueenBee

LOL @ CP3 yelling to Carl that Thornton is "going one on one everytime" "he ain't passing". LOL!!!

Nik
Nik

MT5 ain't passin for NO BODY

Bee-fense
Bee-fense

I love seeing Chris attack like this