Game On: Rockets @ Hornets

Published: April 6, 2011

Houston Rockets (41-37) @ New Orleans Hornets (44-33)

Pace: Rockets 97.0 (7th), Hornets 90.8 (29th)
Offensive Efficiency: Rockets 108.2 (5th), Hornets 104.1 (18th)
Defensive Efficiency: Rockets 106.7 (21st), Hornets 101.9 (7th)

I am become death, destroyer of seasons.

Cue throat stomp.

The Hornets can pretty much end any hope the Rockets have of making the postseason, and ensure their own advancement as well with a win tonight. After losing last night to Sacramento (Thanks Marcus Thornton!), the Rockets desperately need a win to keep their thin playoff hopes alive, while a Hornets victory would bump the into the 6th seed. If Houston loses, they would have to win their final three games and Memphis would have to lose its remaining four for the Rockets to get the final playoff spot.

In all likelihood, though, the Rockets will miss the playoffs regardless of what happens tonight. Hollinger’s playoff odds now put the Hornets at 99.2%, the Grizzlies at 97.4%, and the Rockets at a mere 3.4%.

The following is from Red94

As you may have heard by now, as word does get around quickly, the Houston Rockets’ season ended last night with a loss to the Sacramento Kings.  The good guys made a run of it, but in the end, could not overcome their prior futility, a state of events very much reflective of their season as a whole.

There will be months to ponder the ramifications of the season as a whole and as many to anticipate the next; barring intervention the scale of the divine, there will be no postseason for the Houston Rockets.

The Hornets, on the other hand, are still very much in control of their own destiny. They own the season series tie-breaker against Portland, and with a win tonight they would tie them in the standings for the 6-seed. That’s a very important place for the Hornets to be, as a first round playoff series with LA would be less than desirable.

The Actual Game

Scola vs Landry is going to be the most interesting matchup of the night to watch, as the two are former teammates. It’s important that Landry can slow down Scola, who typically is on the receiving end of a statistical beat-down from David West when these two teams meet. On the glass is where Landry really needs to focus his attention, as that is where he has struggled the most in replacing West’s production.

Caption me!

His defensive rebounding struggles especially are a bit hard to understand, since he’s obviously athletic. He was a solid rebounder his first two years in the league, but things have just gotten progressively worse ever since then.

Monty Williams needs to continue to emphasize rebounding to Landry, since his numbers in New Orleans are actually worse than they were in Sac-town. He’s averaging only 6.1 rebounds per 40 since getting to the Crescent City, the lowest number of any Hornets big man.

Michael noted last time that the Hornets have a hard time with unconventional offenses that don’t allow them to set up their D. That’s exactly what the Rockets will try to do, and it’s up to Monty Williams to make sure that they Hornets don’t get into a shootout with a team unsuited for that kind of game.

The keys for the Hornets are to play at a nice slow tempo, avoid turnovers, limit Houston’s transition buckets, and stop Kevin Martin (who went for 33 points on 15 shots last time) from a being too deadly. They don’t really have the personnel to stop Martin if he’s shooting well(who does?), but limiting the easy ones would be nice.


Do I need to say this? Is this really what the world has come to? This physically pains me.


Chris Paul….


Chris Paul needs to hold his own against Kyle Lowry.

Notes From The Arena

  • If the Hornets win tonight, they will have made the postseason three of the last four, and six of the last nine seasons.
  • Crazy traffic getting here if you’re coming from uptown on St. Charles. A tractor-trailer carrying a giant concrete pole got stuck in the middle of the intersection, and it’s unclear if the city of New Orleans will ever get it out. There were five people standing around scratching their heads (literally) when I finally got by. If the crowd looks sparse early on, this could be a reason why. What is normally a 10-15 minute trip for me took 45-50 minutes.
  • The mood is rather tense in both locker rooms, as it’s clear this is a huge game for both squads. If the crowd shows up…
  • There is a free show at Lafayette Square (aka Wednesday at the Square) where Trombone Shorty (among others) is playing. Oh yeah, there is free beer, too. That’s about half a mile away from the Arena. Still, anything less than a sellout would be disappointing considering the magnitude of this game.
  • I will be on ESPN’s Daily Dime chat throughout the game.

Talk it up!


  1. kempleton

    April 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Come on Guys! Beat the Rockets! Seal the deal for the playoffs! Take your position to finish at 6th! And do not let Portland or Memphis steal it from you!

    Let us embarrass all those sports writers who -back in October- thought that the Hornets cannot even make the playoffs .

    Let us remind them we are here and we are alive at the Hive!


  2. Chuck

    April 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Kyle Lowry is the best pg in the NBA. Chris Paul doesn’t have a chance at stopping him or doing anything offensively.

    /reverse jinx’d

    • bywas2001hornets4ever225

      April 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      of course not, chrissy paul would have to b in his dreams if he ever wished to keep up with kyle “SUPER BOY” lowry. lmao!

      • QueenBee

        April 6, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        Not even in his dreams. LOL! Chris Paul is not even on Lowry’s level.

    • Bug Marley

      April 7, 2011 at 7:00 am



      • QueenBee

        April 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        It didn’t really work. It was a fluke game for both. Won’t be happening again. LOL.

  3. 42

    April 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Gerrity with the Oppenheimer nod. Mad Love.

    I place very little importance on this game individually, but I’d love to see Scola slink out of the Arena, back to his favorite Kolache Factory back in his NBA hometown.

  4. Mikey

    April 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    In the last meeting, the Rockets went bonkers from 3. I remember Lowry hitting no less than three 3’s from greater than 32 feet away. As I recall, those 9 points are greater than the overall point differential of the game itself. Houston will try and create some turnovers, and get some 3’s in transition. The Hornets’ transition D is actually pretty good, but they do have a tendency to pack the paint and allow open looks from outside. Houston will attempt to exploit that. Do not allow this team to get into a shooting rythm from deep. Like JG said, “The keys for the Hornets are to play at a nice slow tempo, avoid turnovers, limit Houston’s transition buckets…”

    Message to the Bees: Your passes have got to be crisp and precise, and you need to catch the ball cleanly. Chris, loved the drive-and-kick to Ariza for a corner 3 last game. I’d like to see more of that. Lastly, finish defensive possessions.

  5. cro_CP3

    April 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    THIS ain’t a must win, it’s a GUT CHECK time WIN!!!!!!!!

    GO NOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pinoyballah

    April 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    caption: carl landry talking to a reporter “We’re talking about rebounds man. (laughter from the media crowd) We’re talking about rebounds. We’re talking about rebounds. We’re not talking about the game. We’re talking about rebounds. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you’ve seen me play right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about rebounds right now. (more laughter)”

    • Jerry M.

      April 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Is this true? Did he really say this? I sure hope not!

      • pinoyballah

        April 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        I took a quote from allen iverson a while back when he was talking about PRACTICE. haha i basically revised it and replace the words practice with rebounds.

  7. JCS

    April 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Trevor is going to pee on his former squad’s playoff dream. All a part of Dell’s master plan, you see…

  8. 42

    April 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Caption: Rockets are tricksy… false.. we HATES Rocketses!!!

  9. Joe P

    April 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Even if Lowery has his way on the offensive end, I’m not too upset. But I want to see Paul score. Not just facilitate and “lead.” I want him to put up points. Take it to the rim for a finish or make some foul shots. Hit threes. If Paul can’t be a go-to scorer as well as a QB, the Hornets will never be contenders. Max contract players need to do better than 4-10 or whatever.

    And I hope Williams tells Ariza it’s the post season so he needs to catch and shoot or catch and pass. No more “aggressiveness.”

  10. NolaHog

    April 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I’m still shooting for that 5th playoff spot (look out Denver)! I’m going to head down to Wednesday in the Square, get hammered, rally some people to the Hornets game, and then head to the Hive. Hornets better be coming out like a house on fire!

    • ur_gmas_daughter

      April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Awesome video!

    • cp3pdx

      April 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      if I ever start a rap group im gonna have Jason Smith in all my videos.

  11. ur_gmas_daughter

    April 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Caption: Who the hell is Rebecca Black? And does she know she ruined my favorite day of the week?

    • Go Blue

      April 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      I’m pretty sure she ruined more than just a day of the week for most people….

  12. AllBall

    April 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Caption: “I eat elbows for breakfast, and they want me to rebound?!”
    Tonight is one of those stay up late nights here in the UK, I want to see the Hornets secure that play-off birth.

  13. James Online

    April 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Marcus Thornton? He was the one guy who got killed by his opponent last night. Martin duped him for 30. Key was Evans.

    • Gec

      April 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Sure. Martin went for 30 in 245646515648785431 shots. Who scored 7 points in a row for the kings late in the fourth while the rockets were closer and closer and the other guys failed to score? Who forced a Martin’s turnover while hitting amazing fadeaways?

    • MaxALM

      April 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      James, you have no grounds to back that up. I’m sorry but you’re an idiot.

      Marcus Thornton: 9-16 FG for 21 points (efficient)
      Kevin Martin: 12-25 for 30 points. (not)
      He needed 25 shots to get 30. Is that your definition of efficient? Anyone can get 30 in the NBA if they take enough shots.

      Get real.

      • 42

        April 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

        This comment would be much better without the idiot line.

        The next one, no matter how good, will be deleted.

        If someone is an idiot (they exist), just demonstrate it and frustrate them into apoplexy.

        The rest of your argument is very good and makes a good point, although James never says efficient.

  14. QueenBee

    April 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Hornets to grab those rebounds, keep them off the 3point line and don’t send Kevin Martin’s skinny arse to the free throw line all night long. I’ll be keeping my eye on Derrick Stafford. He nearly gave our last game against Phoenix away. 😕

    CP telling official he missed foul call and out of bounds call… official told him “I saw it.” And that ended the conversation.
    11:19 PM Mar 25th via web

    I’d be willing to put money down that that conversation was with Stafford.

  15. Nithenz

    April 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Caption: “Rebounds?? NO! NO! I’m alegic to rebounds! Ahhh!!!”

    Clinch that seed Bees!

  16. HiMyNameisSteven

    April 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm


  17. Go Blue

    April 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Lame, I have to listen to the Rocket commentators. Go Hornets!!! let’s get the 5th spot!

    • peronas

      April 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      I was crossing my fingers all day long not to end up with them tonight… I feel for ya

  18. peronas

    April 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Well this is starting out swell…

  19. Schmide234

    April 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Rockets have to be my least favorite team in the league. when they play us they hit ALL of their ridiculous shots…

  20. lancebrou68

    April 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    how was kevin martin fouled

  21. Gec

    April 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Monty, how many times do you have to see Kevin Martin score to understand that JACK CAN’T GUARD HIM?! Three games aren’t enough?

    And put Gray on Hayes and Landry on Scola.

  22. peronas

    April 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Wow Scola’s natural reaction is just to fall over when anyone bumps him… not sure how paul behind him knocks him sliding…

  23. MaxALM

    April 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Please tell me that Monty didn’t put Jack on Martin. Is Jack defending Martin? Does Monty have eyes?

  24. peronas

    April 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Lowry hasn’t read the scouting report on Jack apparently.

  25. Gec

    April 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    6th layup missed.. And they can’t miss a jumper.

  26. lancebrou68

    April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    fuck derrick stafford

    • 42

      April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      lance . . . you’re a smart guy . . . please me more creative.

      There are times to use that word on here, but this isn’t one of them.

      Try: Derrick Stafford makes me angry enough to drown a kitten in mayonnaise.

  27. lancebrou68

    April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    ariza is alert and playin his ass off on the defensive end

  28. lancebrou68

    April 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    can i get a crowd count

  29. Gec

    April 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    geaaaaaauuuux hooooooooooornets

  30. peronas

    April 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Well they got it back to a close game, gotta come out with the same energy and not have one of their 3rd quarter lulls

  31. lancebrou68

    April 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    did d west ever have surgery

    • coach44

      April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Dell said he was going to go to New York this week to meet with the surgeon.

      • JCS

        April 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        Give him some Manny Pacquiao roids and he’ll be aight.

  32. peronas

    April 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Ariza quietly having another solid game 🙂

    • coach44

      April 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Inside his jock.

  33. coach44

    April 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm


  34. Bug Marley

    April 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm


  35. 42

    April 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Cut their throats!

  36. 42

    April 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    You can find the Rockets’ bleeding out in the dumpster behind the post office . . .

  37. Go Blue

    April 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    That was a great game, it’s amazing watching CP3 play like that. But come on CP3 you couldn’t get 1 more rebound for the triple double!! Bye bye Rockets!!!

  38. carpo

    April 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    especially that kevin martin, something about his face, just makes me want to punch him right in the kisser. how can a jumper that ugly be so effective.

    btw did any1 else realise rick adelman is the closest human relative to the ape. everytime the camera zoomed in on him, he would pick his hair then eat whatever he picked. i reckon they were flies

  39. Patrick Clay

    April 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Just one more rebound…. ahhh. oh well. Too see CP3 excited like that at the end was the best part. PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!

  40. kempleton

    April 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Geaux Hornets! Thank you!

    Beware Marc Cuban, We’re comin to get you! 🙂

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