Game On: Hornets @ Mavericks

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Published: April 13, 2011

New Orleans Hornets (46-35) at Dallas Mavericks (56-25)

Hornets Offensive Rating: 106.3 (18th) Defensive: 104.9 (7th)

Mavericks Offensive Rating: 109.4 (8th) Defensive: 105.2 (10th)

Could this be the first game of an 8 game series for the Hornets and Mavs? The good news is that it is possible. The bad news is that the Hornets would have to lose in order to see the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. A Mavericks win, combined with a Grizzlies loss against the Clippers and a Lakers loss to Sacramento would mean a #2 vs. #7 matchup involving these two squads.

Memphis has already shown their hand. They will rest Zach Randolph and Tony Allen again tonight because they are “injured.” The unlikely part of the trifecta is the two-time defending champion Lakers losing to lowly Sacramento. But then agin, would anybody be really shocked if this were to occur? The Kings have played decent ball in the last month, they have the young legs that give LA trouble, Bynum is out, and this might be the final game ever in Sacramento. Throw in Marcus Thornton and I am starting to believe it is a distinct possibility.

But back to this game, a game that the Hornets will try to win, despite what the conspiracy theorists say. You can only control what you can control, and the last thing the Hornets want to do is head into the playoffs on a three game losing streak. They have been terrible on both sides of the ball in the last two games, as opponents have shot 58% while the Hornets have shot just 39% from the field. If the Hornets go into the playoffs playing like that, they wouldn’t be able to beat the Joe Alexander/Antonio Daniels led Texas Legends team, never mind the Dallas Mavericks.

Regardless of how the Western Conference standings shake out, the Hornets have to play the best basketball that they are capable of tonight so that they can have some confidence heading into the playoffs. Everyone knows David West is not walking through that door, and the hard truth is that on most nights (and every night in the playoffs) the other team taking the court with the Hornets will have a more talented squad. But talent is one thing, while heart, focus, and determination are different beasts entirely. The Hornets showed all three of those components in their last matchup with the Mavericks, a 93-92 victory that happened despite the absence of CP3.

The key to that game was that the Hornets were able to control the glass despite the fact that they were smaller at nearly every position. On paper, a team built like Dallas would control the boards. After all, they have two seven footers in their starting lineup and one of the best rebounding point guards of all time, but this game isn’t played on paper, and the Hornets will have to remember that tonight. They are going to have to outwork the other team in every game moving forward just to have a chance to win another game this season. And that starts tonight.

Other News and Notes:

– If you were to make a “Hornets top 10 games of the Season”, all three Hornets/Mavericks games would be on that list. Heck, they might all be in the top 5. The three games were decided by a TOTAL of 6 points.

– CP3 is averaging 29.3 PPG in his last 4 games at Dallas. If he lays another egg tonight against a team he usually dominates, does that mean Christopher Paul is back? Luckily, I dont think we have to worry about that. Expect a big game for CP3 tonight that will get him kick started heading into the playoffs.

– By the way- yes that is me cranking out the Hornets247 Tweets, and yes I am pissed about this Charlotte Bobcats non-story. Not pissed because of the content, but just pissed that journalism is such a joke nowadays. I know as a “blogger” that I was supposed to be angry at what Cuban said last week, but you know what? I agree with him. The majority of writers are hacks and the majority of sites have no integrity and just want to drive traffic. It is embarressing. And yes, I would be saying the same thing if it was a “Dwight Howard to consider playing in Charlotte” piece along the same lines. I just feel bad that writers have to stoop that low.

Vegas line: Dallas enter the game as 9.5 point favorites, with the over/under set at 186.5. Strange line considering how this series has played out so far this season, but I cant blame Vegas, considering the Hornets just got blown out at home by a non-playoff team. Hornets keep it close, the over is reached: Mavs 101 Hornets 97

– And a special, season finale Cap….That…..Pic. Top Three Captions will be placed into playoff ticket raffle. So far, we only have 7 people entered, so chances to win will be 10% should you land in the top 3 tonight. Not bad odds.

128 comments
RobertM320
RobertM320

If Lakers and Memphis both lose, we get Dallas. 2 vs 7 If Lakers win and Memphis loses, we get Lakers. 2 vs 7 If Lakers lose and Memphis wins, we get Spurs. 1 vs 8 If Lakers and Memphis both win, we get Spurs 1 vs 8 Basically, a Memphis win means we get SA.

QueenBee
QueenBee

It'll all be over with soon. No need to fuss and fight. It'll all be over with soon. LOL.

Go Blue
Go Blue

So, if the Lakers lose and Memphis win, we get Dallas? And if Lakers win and Memphis lose, we get who, the Lakers?

NolaHog
NolaHog

Hmm. It looks like we indeed decided to tank to avoid the Lakers. I think that's kind of weak. If the Lakers win & we get them anyway, we'll look like a bunch of asses.

RobertM320
RobertM320

NolaHog, shooting almost 60% the first half, and being down by 5 midway through the third is hardly "tanking" it. I think we proved our point. We can go head to head with them. A win took any chance of playing them away, and forced us to play the Lakers. You don't think the same thing about Memphis when they had a chance to finish 6th and they rested two starters against Portland? Grizzlies decided plain and simple to avoid the crapshoot, rest their injured, and play SA. Is that better than what you accuse us of?

edbballin504
edbballin504

We didnt tank anything. We just got our butts spanked. We tried to win, that was obvious.

edbballin504
edbballin504

It was obvious by the way we finally showed intensity and hunger. We looked really good that 1st half. I was like wow is this really the Hornets. Shows we can compete. The question is can we keep it up for 48 minutes. I think we ran out of gas after halftime evident by the way we couldnt make a shot or get any stops. Like Robert just said, tanking would have been not playing CP3, Okafor, Landry, etc. I think the plan was to lose but not like we did. I think Monty wanted that same 1st half effort for 3 quarters but only got 2. Despite the letdown I still like what I saw in the 1st half, hopefully thats the Hornets team we see in the playoffs.

QueenBee
QueenBee

How was that obvious? You're not supposed to look like you're actually tanking.

Oc
Oc

Put Ewing on dammit, loving q-pon

QueenBee
QueenBee

Yeah I was ready to watch some of Chewing Jr and they cut away. :(

RobertM320
RobertM320

Worst part about a national game...you get a blowout, and they cut away from the game. Give me CST anyday!

coach44
coach44

If Dirk gets hurt with a 20 point lead, Carlisle's ass will be grass.

QueenBee
QueenBee

The fans are so happy! LOL!! I love it.

RobertM320
RobertM320

Sure they're happy. They've been sweating it out for the last two hours! They know this is the end of the regular season, where the Mavs ALWAYS play well. The next game starts the second season, where they are usually one and done.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Amen. I mean the Hornets are probably one and done too but I don't have any doubt that the Mavs are.

QueenBee
QueenBee

All Hornet bench players to start the 4th and Dirk is on the court. Go Mavs. LOL.

RobertM320
RobertM320

Wow...that happened quick. 18 point lead. Not happy with only 17 points in 15 minutes in the second half, though.

CP3nBrees
CP3nBrees

If we end up playing the Lakers, Smith needs to start at PF to help out Oak on D. Landry will come off the bench whenever Odom is subbed in, Landry is the only guy on our team that has the size and quickness to guard Odom....

Mike Bee
Mike Bee

Smith needs to start instead of Landry. We can't have a 6'8'' C (Oak) and a 6'5'' PF in Landry. Gray can't do anything but clog up the offense with his size. He can't create anything on his own. He picks up easy rebounds and fouls everyone...but any blob can. Change it up, Monty, please.

JCS
JCS

"Gray can’t do anything but clog up the offense with his size. He can’t create anything on his own. He picks up easy rebounds and fouls everyone…but any blob can." ---------------------------- LMFAO! Best comment of the day!!

cmac81
cmac81

Okay yes Landry and Okafor might be a BIT undersized for their positions but you are GREATLY exaggerating how short they are. Okafor is no shorter than 6-10 and Landry is at least 6-7, but closer to 6-8.

Oc
Oc

Did someone leave Mek n Landry in the dryer too long? They shrunk?

cmac81
cmac81

Dirk has shot almost as many FT as our whole team. Doesn't matter who we play we're not going anywhere with calls going against us all the time

QueenBee
QueenBee

I agree. Not to mention they'll probably still go out of their way to show that even though we are owned by the league we don't get favorable calls.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Yep, ever since David Aldridge mentioned that people were saying the Hornets were getting favored calls cuz they're owned by the league they've been getting the raw end a LOT.

RobertM320
RobertM320

Actually, I think that's actually been happening a lot this season. I do think the refs are overly sensitive to any suggestions of "favoritism". I think we paid the price this season.

QueenBee
QueenBee

West guards Dirk better than Landry. I still wouldn't be worried about it though. I have no doubt that we'll see incompetent refs in the post season too. Difference is, they might try to be a bit more careful since more people will be watching.

QueenBee
QueenBee

This reminds me so much of the last regular season game of 07-08. And wtf is wrong with Chandler? LMAO.

RobertM320
RobertM320

But didn't we already know we were going to play them by that game in 08?

RobertM320
RobertM320

I agree. They don't want the Hornets. But I don't think they really want POR, MEM or DEN either. They almost want us by default. And the only chance they have to get us, is to beat us. It has been "a bit chippy".

QueenBee
QueenBee

I think you may be right but Dallas was said to want the Hornets. The Hornets lost and everyone thought that they would be walked on by Dallas. They are happy right now but I know deep down they don't want the Hornets in the playoffs.

seb
seb

can never keep the momentum

QueenBee
QueenBee

Dallas ain't winning it all this year.

QueenBee
QueenBee

How long does Monty play the starters?

RobertM320
RobertM320

I hope a little bit longer. I want us to lose, and the bench has done better than the starters! Really though, I think we've proven our point: we match up so well with this team. And I think we're in their head some as well. We just need to keep it close long enough so that they know when they pull away, that its because we let them, not because they're better than us.

RobertM320
RobertM320

Early observations at halftime: Jack's learned really well from CP3 on that swoop shot to draw the foul. Belinelli hits 3 threes in the first quarter, then sits. 61 points, when we only scored 78 on Monday. Aaron Gray's becoming another Erick Dampier .. no points, lots of fouls, but 5 boards in 10 minutes. Not getting a break from the refs... 17 fouls on NO, 7 on DAL. ---------- Hopefully, we can play well, look good, scare the crap out of the Mavs, and yet lose and still have a shot at them in the playoffs.

Mike Bee
Mike Bee

He's been that his whole career. He can't create his own shot. All he does is clean up around the 5 inch diameter around his body.

Kyle
Kyle

Caption: Live studio audience for the new Dallas sitcom "Upset in the First Round."

Kyle
Kyle

actually replace "new" with "classic"

CP3nBrees
CP3nBrees

If Jason Terry was Kobe, he probably won't get called for that foul on JJ :)

42
42

If my grandmother had balls, she's be my grandfather.

42
42

Yes. "I don't know if Jarrett Jack gets that call," Terry said. "We know Kevin Durant does. You know Kobe may get it. But I don't know about Jarrett Jack. That's just my personal opinion. So we've got to live with it, take it on the chin and go ahead and get ready to get this next one." I'm talking to him about his nonsense: T the JET Foul Call Power Rankings.

CP3nBrees
CP3nBrees

Still remember what Terry said after Jack was fouled on that 3 that gave the Hornets a W right :)?

RobertM320
RobertM320

And it seems only against us. He's 20% from 3pt for the month of April.