Game On: Hornets @ Jazz (Live Game Chat)

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Published: March 24, 2011

Matchup: Hornets (40-31) @ Jazz (36-36)
Off Efficiency: Hornets 103.5 (19th), Jazz 105.3 (11th)
Def Efficiency: Hornets 101.1 (6th), Jazz 107.2 (24th)

Pace: Hornets 91.1 (29th), Jazz 94.1 (16th)

Standings: Hornets 7th, Jazz 10th (4 games back of final playoff spot)

Hook up the caption, because there are a lot of things that need to be said about these two characters.

Without Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan, a matchup that was once painful to see on the schedule for the Hornets fans has turned into something relatively desirable. Things can’t possibly be as bad as they were before Utah lost it’s two biggest stars, and that’s good news for the Hornets hopes of getting a much needed win.

It’s reasonable to say that the Hornets could go down as being one of the teams that benefits most from the trade that send D-Will packing. At the time, the Jazz were struggling a little bit, but they were still slated to make the playoffs. Their departure from the scene has made life a little easier for the Hornets on their road to the postseason.

These two teams face each other twice in the final 11 games. Considering that since 2005-2006, when Chris Paul and D-Will entered the league, the Hornets have gone 5-15 against the Jazz, and have won only two of ten games in Utah, they must be thrilled not to have two of those 11 must win games against a team that quite simple, had their number. Make no mistake, this Jazz barely resembles the team from a year ago, or even the Sloan-led squad from only a few months ago.

With the loss to Oklahoma last night, the Jazz effectively have lost all hope of making the playoffs. Even if they win their 10 remaining games, an unlikely scenario to say the least, they would still need some help to make the playoffs. Eight place Memphis is on pace for between 45 and 46 wins, and there are still two teams ahead of Utah who currently find themselves out of the postseason picture. So really, they don’t have much left to play for.

Even better? The Jazz are nowhere near full strength, and as we all know there’s no reason to rush back an injured player just to get a worse pick in the draft.

Injuries

Hornets- None

Jazz- Devin Harris (DTD- strained right hamstring), Andrei Kirilenko (DTD- bruised nerve in right knee in loss to Thunder last night), Favors (active- sprained left ankle, DNP against Thunder. My gut tells me he will play a few minutes)

Matchups

Emeka Okafor vs Al Jefferson

Advantage: Even

I have a hard time not giving this to Jefferson, since the guy has been lighting it up lately on the offensive end, but there’s something about big men who only shoot 50% from the floor, that just bugs me. While Okafor is generally unable to create for himself, Jefferson has a hard time not shooting when he gets the rock inside. Hollinger refers to him as a “black hole” for just that. Still, though two players have very similar points per possession, (1.01 for Jefferson, .99 for Okafor), I would prefer Jefferson’s offensive game to Okafor’s.

On defense Jefferson has actually been pretty good this year. He’s giving up only .80 points per possession to his mark, compared to Okafor’s .77, and is the 27th best post-up defender in the league, according to Synergy Sports. Still, Okafor is better in just about all statistical measures, and the eye test confirms it.

Okafor is the 16th best player to qualify in rebound rate, pulling in 18.6% of all available boards, while Jefferson ranks a respectable 42nd with 16.0%. Okafor tops Jefferson on both the offensive (11.6 vs 9.5) and defensive (25.1 vs 22.5) side of the ball.

So far this year Okafor has been unable to get anything going on the offensive end against Utah, scoring only 11 points on 10 shots, whereas Jefferson has scored 33 points on 29 shots. With the health of the rest of the team in question, I would expect Jefferson to throw up 20-25 shots and score an equal number of points. For Okafor I would be surprised if he scored even 10, but should have the advantage on the boards.

Paul Millsap vs David West

Advantage: West

Millsap is a really good player already, and next year this answer might be different, but for now I’m going to stick with my main man D-West. The the two players are very similar in a lot of ways, from the slick jumper to the guile they display under the basket.

Offensively, Millsap has taken some big steps forward this season. He’s increased his usage rate while keeping his efficiency at a high level, and has reduced his turnover rate to a career low. The Utah power forward is actually averaging slightly more points per possession than West (1.01 vs .97), and he’s doing it at essentially the same rate (20.2 vs 21.4 points per 40 minutes). West remains a better free throw shooter, but it’s hard to make the argument that he’s been better on the offensive side as a whole. I would take West’s offense over Millsap’s in any game that mattered, for what it’s worth.

They are similar rebounders as well, with Millsap actually enjoying a small advantage. He grabs 13.9 of available boards, while West takes down 13.2. West performs slightly better on the offensive glass (7.7 vs 7.4), but Millsap grabs more on the defensive end (20.4 vs 18.6). Not much of a difference, and certainly not enough to make up for our next category.

West actually appears to be a better player overall than Millsap because of the work he does on the defensive side of the ball. D-West gives up an average of .8 points per possession to his mark, compared to .91 for Millsap. For those counting at home, that makes West the 80th ranked player in the league, and Millsap the 256th.

Don’t expect anything more to come in terms of analysis. There is no news yet on Harris, Andrei, Favors. Have questions, comments? Ask them in the chat.

There will be a live chat during the game and for 15 or 20 minutes before and after.

Pre-game Notes

  • The Knicks lost again. That makes me happy. Sorry if you’re a Knicks/Hornets combo fan, but after all the CP3 to NY talk from New Yorkers (which still continues on very old posts) I found my distaste for the Knicks comparable to the way I feel about the Yankees and Tonya Harding. I just can’t help but hope that they lose.
  • Check out a recap of the recent Hornets fan event in the Journal Section, and another one in the Hornets forum
  • Recently the site has been a little slower than usual, but we have our Irish Ninja, Niall, doing what needs to be done to make sure we are prepared for the playoffs. Our apologies for any inconvenience that it may cause you or your loved ones.

Those of you who are over 21 (or 18 if you enjoy games with your parents at home in certain states) are welcome to play the Hornets Drinking Game. This is NolaHog’s baby, so I guess that makes it a piglet.

NolaHog- If you read this and respond to any of the guys on the site, or me, we’ll ship you a free Hornets hat as a token of our appreciation for your contribution to the community. Then my liver will sue you.

Here are the rules. I suggest playing with non-alcoholic beer, since Hornets247 obviously does not condone drinking alcohol of any kind, especially in celebration of the Hornets beating down the Jazz. Also, drink=sip.

1.  David West says, “And One!”                                                         1 drink

2.  Ref actually gives DWest the “and one.”                                           1 drink

3.  Chris Paul rolls the ball through the backcourt                                   1 drink

4.  Okafor or Ariza make a free throw                                                   1 drink

5.  Okafor blocks a shot                                                                      2 drinks

6.  Smith, Gray, or Mbenga dunk                                                         2 drinks

7.  Chris Paul does a fake bounce pass                                                2 drinks

8.  Gray makes the “Aaron Gray Face”                                                  2 drinks

9.  Any alley-oop slam                                                                        3 drinks

10.  Chris Paul gets a technical for telling off a referee                            3 drinks

11.  Camera shot of Hornets fans at away games                                  3 drinks

12.  David West makes a three point basket                                        1/2 beer

13.  Announcers say, “Jack Off the Bench (Hornets Bench, etc.).”           1/2 beer

14.  David West dunks over a defender                                                  1 beer

GEAUX HORNETS!

97 Comments

  1. Bug Marley

    March 24, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Yeah! A Niall shoutout! Dude’s living his dreams and some.. I think.

    Deron: Good luck with your retirement.
    Sloan: Good luck with the Nets!

    or

    Deron: You lead, I follow.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Before Niall left he told me with a straight face that he was going to fix the economy of Ireland, and then Spain.

      • Bug Marley

        March 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        That man. With his drive, I find it hard to doubt him.

  2. Dontae

    March 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

    “Deron you’ll never be a Chris Paul”.

    • Hornet Seantonio

      March 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

      I mean i love the hornets and CP but Deron shreds CP everytime they play, why would he want to be?

      • QueenBee

        March 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

        Because you need to do more than just shred CP. Shredding CP wasn’t enough for Deron. We all knew that. Jazz fans feel thats why he always played with that chip on his shoulder. They thanked CP for that chip. Deron has never had an MVP type season. CP has. He’s never led the league in any stat at his position. CP has. CP has also had more endorsements. Perhaps those a few reasons why he’d want to be a Chris Paul. He may want to be a Chris Paul because people have always looked at him as being in Chris Paul’s shadow even though he and his team have ‘shredded’ CP and the Hornets. While Deron was shredding CP, CP was shredding just about all the other PG’s in the league. LOL. Even if CP goes on to play elsewhere and is still the CP we know, and Deron stays the Deron he is, I’ll still feel the same. I remember once someone said, ‘what are you going to think about CP when he ups and leaves NOLA?’ If CP is still CP, am I supposed to not think he’s better just because he no longer plays on my team? That’s pretty much like thinking Belinelli is now better than Marcus Thornton because Thornton is no longer on my team.

        Besides, the Hornets beat the Jazz by 29 last time they met. With Deron. CP has outplayed Deron at times and the Jazz still win by 25. LOL. Jazz has had good coaching, team and bench play.

      • Hornet Seantonio

        March 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        The last thing i want to do is start an argument about why Deron Williams is better than CP cuz i don’t believe that. I love CP, but you don’t strive to be someone that you straight bend over (and you are absolutely clowning if you don’t see that) everytime yall meet.

      • QueenBee

        March 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

        Well, I guess since Deron Williams ‘bends Chris Paul over’ then CP should strive to be Deron Williams? 😕

        Just because someone here said “Deron you’ll never be a Chris Paul’ doesn’t mean Deron is striving to be a Chris Paul. He should be very happy to be a Deron Williams since he ‘bends Chris Paul over’ and all. That should be all he should strive for in his career actually. That should be the only thing that drives him.

        Whatever. See yall later for the game tonight.

      • Hornet Seantonio

        March 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

        lol talk about retreating to a corner. I never once said thats all he should strive for and when i said why would Deron want to be CP you want off on this lil rant about MVP seasons and blah blah blah ignoring the fact staring you right in the face. Everytime they play each other Deron wins…… but nah lets talk about what cp does against other teams and players… ludicrous. I love CP but Deron kills him everytime
        to show the sheer idiocy of your argument let me phrase like it was a convo with Deron. “hey deron your not CP” -some random hornets fan
        “Hmm really, what a shame cuz if i was CP i could lose a matchup against Deron Williams evertime i played him”

        I think CP is the better point guard but they are different players to make a statment like “hey your not cp” is dumb. Lebrons not kobe, dwight howards not shaq its stupid. But then to try and defend it like Deron would want to be CP is even dumber, but further then to twist the argument to appears if i was saying something i wasnt is not just dumb its pathetic.

    • Dontae

      March 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      It was a joke. For all the Hornets fan. I thought most would relate. Didn’t want anyone to argue.

  3. paul

    March 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Ya…I an’t stand New York as well.
    After all these years of all us middle staters, the contempt both coast have shown us has scared me emotionally and it ain’t never going away.
    I am one of the new irrational emotional middle staters that truly feels good inside when nature sticks its finger into the eyes of either of these two self -anointed Camelot’s.
    Nothing makes my blood pressure lower and the morning look better than hearing about a new heavy rain mud slide in Los Angeles.
    Oh, how my coffee smells better when I hear that New York has been closed for a week due to 24 feet of record falling snow!!!

    So it was so wonderful to see the Denver/New York trade!
    There is a God!
    Utah?
    Not really able to get my emotional thoughts around this one.
    Always loved Sloan from his Bulls days.
    Just kind of got the feeling he was becoming the Robert Byrd of West Virginia!
    He started having this “wait…What?” look much to often during games.
    Like the state. A bit wacko religion based there.
    BUT I NEVER like a punk player forcing his will upon an organization.
    It is, after all, a game based upon years of hard work and gamble with their money and upon their dreams that allow a player to live this dream.

    A little respect for the pecking order.
    And an understanding that YOU can be REPLACED!

    ppellico

    • paul

      March 24, 2011 at 6:57 am

      what is troubling and painful to me…New York recovered from the financial crises..which ITs people caused…because they got the money bailout from Washington!
      God works in hilarious ways.
      I think he has a sick sense of humor.

    • 42

      March 24, 2011 at 7:10 am

      Paul, you need to listen to some Bad Religion if you don’t already. You’d dug the attitude if not the sound. I dig both.

      Start with Sorrow, Los Angeles is Burning, and Better Off Dead. You can youtube them.

      • paul

        March 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

        42…
        I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
        Really.
        Didn’t know there was a group with my thoughts in their music.
        I owe you big time.
        Moody Blues is/was my fav but I’m not a big Life Is Good thinker as they are.
        After Ray Pinder really became the Melancholy Man…wait!
        This is a basketball blog!!!!!!!
        I apologize all.
        ppellico

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

        Ball don’t lie…

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      While I don’t actually like the cities or the sports teams that reside in either town, it still worries me when they get mudslides or serious snow storms. Natural disasters and severe weather cost lives and really matter a lot more than whether or not the Yankees win another title.

      Oddly enough, I grew up in Los Angeles until I was 7 and upstate New York until I was 17. Visiting LA is nice. Even though I get why some people like NY, it’s just not for me.

      New Orleans for life.

      • paul

        March 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

        well…it rally was in good humor.
        I think…..
        Of course I don’t wish bad upon people.
        I think….
        Well…SOME people do need a little adjustment here and there.

  4. BIGBREED

    March 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Coach Monty Williams while still learning, has admitted to some coaching mistakes! Saying that as a young Coach, he needs to learn how to stick with guys longer than he has been doing. He needs to learn how to be more patient with his guys. He also spoke about the Marcus Thornton trade by saying that “That trade was done to acquire PF- Carl Landry. The trade had nothing to do with Marcus Thornton being a liability on Defense, both Marcus and Belinelli defensive struggles were about the same. Belinelli just had a better camp in the pre season, thats why he was the starter.”
    IMO, Coach Monty Williams seems to admit to being impatient with MT5 and he regrets the trade………IMO!

    {The Hornets could have kept MT5, made him the starter and signed C- Earl Barron for that same post presence. Yes, he was available at that time}

    • BIGBREED

      March 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

      (cont. what computer didn’t post)

      Dwest opt. out played a big part in acquiring PF- Carl Landry for the future plans.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Because of West’s current contract, he had to opt out if he wanted to get even fair market value. The extension the Hornets could offer him was limited by his previous deal which yearly decreases in his annual salary. It was front loaded.

      • QueenBee

        March 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

        You’re right Joe. I think any player in West’s contractual position would opt out.

  5. cmac81

    March 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Earl Barron has nothing on Carl Landry, not even close to the same player. He would not have brought the same qualities Landry brings to the team.

    • BIGBREED

      March 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

      I agree if they’re playing 1on1 bcuz Earl Barron’s stats/game is not even close to Carl Landry. BUT {fellow me}, we are talking about the role’s of both players that the system demands from the “Big Men” for the NEW ORLEANS HORNETS! AGAIN…..Look at the “Role” coach Monty Williams demands from his big men. Now..
      Both Earl Barrons & Carl Landry aren’t starters in the NBA, they are backups! What do backup “Big Men” bring to teams.
      -6 fouls
      -energy/effort offensively
      -a defensive presence in the paint

      *Backup Big’s will never lead the team in scoring & reb, but they change the game in the paint, which Carl Landry is great at. But again, I’m talking about “The Role which is demand from Coach Williams in his system”!

      C-Earl Barron 7’0 @ 250lbs isn’t better than Carl Landry but he is a defensive presence in the paint, a rebounder, and decent scorer. Just like Carl Landry.

      • Oc

        March 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

        Carls a starter on many teams

      • QueenBee

        March 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        You’re right OC. And would Mark Cuban get mad over the Hornets signing Earl Barron? LOL!

  6. Ilikethehornets

    March 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

    the hornets and suns game on friday will be on espn.

    • QueenBee

      March 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      You sure? I think it’s on NBA TV.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      source please! I’ve been looking around, but can’t find anything on that.

      • Holy Cow

        March 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

        I don’t see it listed on ESPN website. Dallas @ Suns on Sunday is listed.

      • Nik

        March 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        its going to be on NBA TV it was all over the knicks Magic game

      • Kibner

        March 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

        Awesome. That means that I won’t be able to pick it up on League Pass. =\

        Does CST carry the NBA TV games? I don’t remember. If it doesn’t, stream hunting I go!

      • James Grayson

        March 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        Joe for international viewers it will be on ESPN (like ESPN Australia etc).

  7. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    March 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Hey all, I’m a long time follower of this site and of the Hornets.. I was born and live in NY. I won’t stand for all the “bashing on NY” when you guys don’t live here… Me and my wife work 7 days a week I have two jobs and barely survive.. My taxes are 16k! a year and I have a puny house.. FML.. The Government may bail out top officials but the people who live here see the ass end of it, from 1.2 billion potholes to forking redlight cameras everywhere we get effed in the rear all day long… Yet most people I know stay positive. And ps, my brother was in NOLA for Katrina releif efforts and volunteered to help “your” community…. Shieet we got more “ghettos” than anywhere.. My first car was stripped down to the shell when I was 18 on a main street, they took the entire interior and left a shell.. My auto insurance is 3200 a yea for two cars… Its murder, but anyway think before u preech if you aint from ny…

    So back to “our” Hornets,, nobody here realistically wants cp3 (ny).. I love the guy and would want him to stay in NOLA because he’s will be better appreciated and less scrutinized by staying put..

    Regarding tonights game… Let’s get it because the fight for the playoffs is getting tight!!! #GeauxHornets

    • 42

      March 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

      I don’t blame you for your response here. We are all passionate regarding our home.

      I think it’s good to remind folks of the ‘good’ and the ‘best’, as ‘bashing’ is intended for, and inspired by, the ‘worst’ in most cases, even if it’s not worded that way.

      I enjoyed my times in NYC, and 2 of my friends were in Queens for a year post-Katrina. I also had a great time with 2 Knicks fans who were next to me when the Celtics played here in Spring 2008.

      • Hornet Seantonio

        March 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

        I don’t think anyone truly hates New York. We dont like the team, and we dont want the knicks taking our Point Guard. Or the fact that the team get soo much cheddar just because they are in friggin NYC and spike lee loves them. I personally am not inlove with this whole elitist thing people get who have live a a few days in New York City like it makes them special or something. But its whatever i will embrace a hornets fan even if they lived in the lowliest pit on the earth with the closest proximitiy to hell, Boston. Lets go HORNETS!

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

        I don’t like this idea that they think they can just attract players and win a title. It seems so completely contrary to sports, reducing it to just a scavenger hunt.

    • QueenBee

      March 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      “….would want him to stay in NOLA because he’s will be better appreciated and less scrutinized by staying put”

      You think so? Sure, the Hornets fans will appreciate it but I think he’ll be criticized, scrutinized and punished by the media, especially when it comes to individual awards, for not leaving NOLA.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Hey just want to let you know that I have nothing against New Yorkers, and that probably half my friends live there. Truly it’s all just in good fun. I’m actually from Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany depending on how familiar you are with the Capital District, so I sort of consider myself a New Yorker on some days (although obviously not a real one).

      I truly just don’t like Knicks fan who talk about CP3, the Yankees, and Tonya Harding fans. Just in fun. It’s nice to have a rivalry, and with all the CP3 talk I feel like they are asking for it.

      Sorry if that came across the wrong way. Really though, like I said, disliking New Yorkers would mean that I don’t like half my friends.

      • Hornet Seantonio

        March 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        “disliking New Yorkers would mean that I don’t like half my friends.”

        i thought we were supposed to dislike our friends? but you put up with them cuz yall have been hating each other for so long

      • paul

        March 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

        Of course it’s in good fun.
        JesusHChrist!
        Folks…this is rediculous.

        But I am pissed about the bailout monies going to New York.
        Even IF you struggle there…the fact that the city gets a bailout makes you and your neighbor’s outlooks so much better than, well…everybody elses.

  8. pinoyballah

    March 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    caption: “if you go, i go.”

  9. 42

    March 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Caption: 2 fricken sugars! 2! What the hell, you damned drop-out?!?!

    • Hornet Seantonio

      March 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

      not bad lol Which one wants the coffee? 😉 i can only assume sloan graduated but you never know

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

        My quote is an exercise in post-modern quoting. Maybe I’m the dropout… Maybe you want the coffee…

        All I know is I’m trying REAL hard to be the shepherd.

      • Hornet Seantonio

        March 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

        you just took everything cool about that quote…..and totally ruined it 🙂

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

        You asked the question, I just made up crap.

        Don’t ask no questions!

        Story of my life…

  10. Rocco

    March 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

    My wife and I are trekking down to Energy Solutions Arena tonight to cheer on the bugs! We’ll wave our signs-be sure to wave back :), included a specail Beli-head (Hopefully Marco will do things against the Jazz that will merit its display.)

    Geaux Pollenators (a.k.a. Hornets)

    • 42

      March 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Geaux Rocceaux!

      That’s what we need to be saying!

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      Wow, please post a pic of that Beli-head.

      Geaux Hornets!

  11. Oc

    March 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Caption: the sexual tension was palpable

  12. QueenBee

    March 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    My gut tells me all so called injured Jazz players will play. 😉

  13. Michael McNamara

    March 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I dont want to be a prisoner of the moment, but I think a loss in this game would be the most disappointing loss of the season for me personally. All this time off, an injured opponent who has not had time to mesh, Monty’s tirade towards the team and in the press, a shortened rotation aimed at playoff success, and on and on.

    This is either the time that these guys kick it into that next gear and become the dangerous team that everyone knows they can be or they just remain inconsistent and frustrate both their coaches and their fan base. They can’t just turn the switch back on once the playoffs start, they have to do it today. I am looking forward to seeing how Ariza and Okafor come out tonight as I feel they are the keys to success. January Ariza and Okafor combined with the old CP3, on fire Marco and West having his best year = 2nd best team in the West IMO.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      For me, a loss tonight would still rank behind the epic fail that was the Boston game. That was truly depressing to watch. At least if they lost tonight, I will be in the comfort of my home.

      • Holy Cow

        March 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        Particularly after seeing that an injured Memphis team beat Boston in Boston. These teams we are competing with for the final playoff spots are not going away. I think we are in the very dangerous position of need to be 6 or 8. 7 is no good if the Lakers hold on to the 2 spot.

    • QueenBee

      March 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Yeah, I’d like to see how Ariza and Okafor come out tonight as well. Because truthfully, neither of those guys have been the same since their injuries. Hopefully the ‘rest’ outside of practice that is, does them good.

      Wow. I can’t believe the Hornets haven’t played a real game in 5 days.

    • Eric Ingis

      March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      I agree, plus we NEED this win. We need to get the #6 seed at the very least in order to make some noise and aovid the Lakers in the first round.

      I dont share the same optomisim as you do concerning Ariza. I think he is a lost cause. As soon as he touches the ball, I hope he plays hot potato and passes it immediately back. He has a low bball iq that takes inefficient off-balanced shots for even great shotmakers and he is nowhere close to being considered a great shotmaker. And I pray he doesnt drive to the basket because 9 times out of 10 it results in a turnover or a wild shot attempt. It is amazing but I feel like I get a little dumber watching trevor ariza play basketball on the offensive end.

  14. QueenBee

    March 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    We should be captioning that look on Spike Lee’s face in that SC Highlight of the Night video. LOL!

  15. Duckathon

    March 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Interested to see how the Hornets come out to play.

  16. m_W

    March 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The phrase “Irish Ninja” may never have been used before. In all of human history. Awesome.

  17. James Online

    March 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    The Bees have played ten games in March. In four of those games, Marco Belinelli has played 37 minutes or more. In those games he is shooting 68% overall and 54% on threes, averaging 20 points a game. Those shooting percentages are WAY off the charts.

    In the other six games, Marco has played 24 minutes or less. In one case, he played only nine minutes (after picking up two quick fouls, not a reason to bench him for the night). In these six games, he is shooting 41% percent from the field and 43% from threes, and averaging 9 points a game.

    Even the low-minutes games are acceptable, but the team does not capitalize on what Marco brings when playing major minutes. Willie Green off the bench is fine for 12-15, but putting Jarret Jack out there at the two (playing with Paul) is a huge mistake.

    Marco’s defense has been fine. Very few two guards fight to get through/over picks like Marco does. He harrasses opponents before they get the ball, keeping their touches to a minimum. That’s what I mean by his effective “prevent” defense. He balances the floor on defense just like he does on offense.

    With Paul’s fall-off in shooting, including threes, Marco is the only legitimate threat from distance and that affects how other teams play the Hornets.

    Monty’s mistake is not committing sufficiently to Belinelli. It’s Monty who has been inconsistent. Still time to turn that around, starting tonight.

    • 42

      March 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Do the longer minutes cause the shooting to improve or the poorer shooting cause the minutes to shrink?

      • James Online

        March 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        Well in the most extreme case, v. Phoenix, Marco was one for two from the floor, a three, and got nine minutes. The statistics should be read as correlational, not causal, that’s pretty basic. With greater minutes on the floor, greater accuracy and increased production. Punto.

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

        I’m not sure you are making sense, or answering the question. That is fine.

  18. Schmide234

    March 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    i am not 21 or even 18 but i will glady participate in a drinking game. plus according to South Carolina i am 21…

  19. Nik

    March 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    SOOooo i feel like DWest will be a major source of our liver problems since if he dunks and gets an and one the drink count will be: 1 1/2 beer + 2 drinks 🙂 haha thats a little rough esp. after chris paul rolls the ball over on the next possesion

  20. QueenBee

    March 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I have Corona’s in my fridge.

  21. Zwie

    March 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Sloan = “I hope they burn your jersey”

    Williams = “Ima wear this tie to your funeral old man”

    or

    Derron = “Is this Cashmere?”

    Sloan = “Is this 100% bitch? i mean Cotton?”

  22. Uptown Sammy

    March 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Caption

    Sloan: “hey Deron!!!! take this coupon to Supercuts for another free haircut”

    Williams: “thanks Coach, it’s time for a fresh cut.”

    • Hornet Seantonio

      March 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      lol 🙂 that dudes whole look is turrible. easily worst tattoos ive ever seen. he may not have the most but his are horrible

  23. James Grayson

    March 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Haha, I live in Australia, but the drinking age here is 18…so sucked in everyone! Wait…it’s not good to drink before the high noon? (9Am here)…

    Anyways we really need this win, more than usual actually seeing as though Memphis still wins without Rudy Gay and how Houston keeps winning despite having a roster full of misfits. Oh and Denver beats San Antonio, that didn’t make me happy.

    • Bug Marley

      March 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Good thing it’s 5 o’clock somewhere huh? 😀

    • oc

      March 24, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      grayson, im just kicking on from north sydney last night lol. I agree on your point tho, coming off 5 days, we need to put on a dominant performance. Hopefully those 5 days were spent practicing down screens for beli and gettin landry the ball in the post with the 2nd unit. There really is no excuse to play Jack at the 2 (even if he cries about it)

      • James Grayson

        March 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        Man well played sir, I couldn’t go last night as I was working. I did look like a lot of people went though. I assume the usual Terrace exploits were going on?

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        I’m sooo loving this peering into the strange Aussie culture . . .

        What is the Terrace of which you speak?

        Ha!

        Really though: Send us a little knowledge.

      • James Grayson

        March 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        @42: It’s a bar in North Sydney, there’s a whole bunch of them and people usually head there on Thursday nights which is sort of the end of the week for most university students.

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

        Thanks!

      • oc

        March 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

        i think the 15 bundy and cokes at alberts (another bar near terrace) whilst listenin to dubstep and watchin the cricket would be a great option for people of all nationalities

      • 42

        March 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

        Speaking of Cricket: Can you give me a feel for the level of fame/respect/legend of Sir Donald Bradman around your parts?

        Does `everyone’ know about him? Or is he a `niche’ star?

        Is he Pele? Or is he Beckham?

  24. JCS

    March 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Deron: Poke him in the middle?

    Jerry: Yea, poke Aaron Gray in the middle and out comes the King Baby.

    Deron: Mardi Gras in Utah, now that’s winning.

    • paul

      March 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Um…what?

      • JCS

        March 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        Hey Chicago buddy. In New Orleans they make King Cakes as a Mardi Gras tradition. Each cake has a small plastic baby inside, and the person who gets the piece with the baby has various privileges, obligations, etc.

      • paul

        March 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

        cool…I think?

      • paul

        March 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        cool…I think?
        Thought we were supposed to win this game!
        We are not even winning the rebound game!

      • 42

        March 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        don’t forget about live chat!

  25. clutch19

    March 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    omg.. I am forced to watch the Hornets game on Leaguepass. therefore I have to listen to the Jazz commentators. These guys are really pissing me off. Constantly trying to create a problem between Paul and West. saying Paul is playing disinterested cause he wants to be in new York and how bad of a team we are and will not make the playoffs this year. these guys obviously have a problem with our city and are Pissing me off in the process…..

    • QueenBee

      March 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      As long as there is a mute button you never have to listen to those guys. 🙂

      We know the Jazz commentators are dumb. I heard yesterday they had a 3 minute conversation on M&M’s. LOL!

  26. Duckathon

    March 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Color me unimpressed so far.

  27. jib

    March 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hornets lookin like they can actually close out a game

    Caption:
    Sloan: I hope you hate the situation at Jersey
    Deron: Don’t even get me started with The Situation…

  28. clutch19

    March 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    WTF?!!! West just got hurt and it doesn’t look good!!!!

  29. clutch19

    March 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    wowwwwwwww.. Okafor just made that shot.. we are going to overtime!!!!

  30. L_Reazy

    March 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Well … Okafor at PF … sends it to OT.

    Is this his natural position? We’ll see!

    L_REAZY

  31. jib

    March 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    i cant believe that just went in, karma for D west not getting and one on that dunk!
    Close this out in ot Hornets!

  32. QueenBee

    March 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I refuse to watch this OT. I can’t do it.

    Going to watch Duke/Arizona.

    Corona not working. LOL.

  33. clutch19

    March 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Gray is steppimg up and hitting some BIG free throws.. Dont know why he is in the game, BEING A 50 PERCENT shooter. but he is knocking them down!!!!

  34. cp3pdx

    March 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    The circus shots. West’s knee. Okafor’s prayer. Overtime. WOW. what do we do now??

  35. nola all day

    March 24, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    not alot of comments after a great win…i dont blame it we just lost our 2nd best player for the rest of the season and playoffs…very depressing night, however winning the game didnt quite make up for it but it def. put a smile on my face, props to Okafor. Well, this Landry trade is lookin great right about now. We gotta believe, thats all we can do, either believe that West will make a miraculous comeback, or believe the Hornets can really use this as a reason to come together and shock the world. This also may be David West’s last game in New Orleans..lets hope and pray that this isnt the case…Our new playoff moto..”Time to shock the world”

  36. L_Reazy

    March 25, 2011 at 12:27 am

    The Hornets can’t catch a break … let’s hope David West can’t either!

    You can add to the list above, “If David West possibly injures himself, and is potentially out for the rest of season … 10 drinks!”

    So, what do you think … Gray and Okafor or Smith and Okafor start together?

    L_REAZY

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