Mavericks steamroll Hornets in second half in possible playoff preview

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Published: April 13, 2011

Both teams played hard.

I know that sounds like a backhanded compliment, but there are 15 games scheduled tonight and this might be the only one in which both teams went after the victory with 100% intensity (at least for one half). Unfortunately for the Hornets, they were unable to come out on top due to lack of firepower, but there were signs in this game that they will be able to hold their own in the first round of the playoffs. Considering that many are assuming that the Hornets are destined to lay down like they did in the ’09 playoffs, any signs of life are positives at this point.

The first half was the same old story on the defensive end. The Mavericks got to the line, had relatively open looks from the perimeter, and made a few lucky shots if I have to be completely honest. The difference in this game was that the Hornets offense was also clicking on all cylinders, and that enabled the Hornets to take a 61-58 lead into the half. As we have seen numerous times this season, the Hornets could not sustain their offense in the second half, as they only scored 28 points in the final 24 minutes. (Ugh!)

After a disappointing second half, the Hornets are now forced to wait to see who their first round opponent will be. A Lakers win and a Memphis loss means that LA will be the opponent. A Lakers loss and a Grizzlies loss means that the Hornets will return to Dallas on Sunday, while a Memphis win will result in the Hornets going to San Antonio. We will know soon enough.

Notes and Observations:

- Jarrett Jack loves playing Dallas. He wasn’t as dominate in the second half (obviously), but he finished with 22 points and 7 assists after going for 21 and 7 last time out.

- Q-Pon looked fantastic in the first half. It is a shame there will not be a summer league. He might have been able to dominate this year and really build some confidence in his game. Either way, I think he is a regular in the rotation next year. Work on that deep ball on focus on closing out on shooters without getting out of position and you can be a poor man’s Bruce Bowen.

- When teams front Carl Landry in the post, it is impossible to get him the ball. Because of this, Landry is forced to drift out onto the perimeter against bigger teams. Great backup, but he just can’t be a starter on a championship caliber squad. I am curious to see the kinds of contract offers he gets when free agency finally opens in 2012.

- The Hornets are doing a better job of creating offensive sets that get Willie and Marco open off of curls. The question is whether they can do the same for Ariza or if Ariza would be able to capitalize on open looks.

_ Great captions tonight. It was honestly tough to pick just three. Many people had similar themes, however, so I just broke that tie by giving it to whomever posted first. Great job, though, guys.

Pinoyballah: “Mark Cuban shows us the odds of the Mavs winning a championship”

hornetshornetshornets: “Welcome to the Mavs Fan Appreciation Night!”

Mr. Hornet: “Mom just take the picture already.”

84 comments
future2064
future2064

Hornets shock the world. Beat Lakers in 7. Beat Dallas in 6. Beat Denver in 7. Beat Chicago in 6.

JCS
JCS

Looks like Marty Thorton did what he does best, take his stats to the top as he's teams falls to the bottom. No surprise at all.

Hornets fan from KC
Hornets fan from KC

He plays on a terrible team you moron. In New Orleans he played on a good team with a brutal coach. Here comes a sweep probably all double digit losses. Chris Paul is tanking it or suddenly is just a slightly above average point guard. They need to deal him in the offseason. Our young talent is gone thinks to our dumb*** coach. By the way Marcus played some pretty decent defense on Kobe. Hope the Hornets really tank next year so we can rid ourselves of Monty and start to rebuild. I can't stand watching him allow his team to underachieve.

JCS
JCS

I PWNed you and now you can't get enough of me. How pathetic.

JCS
JCS

I am not your buddy, so don't flatter yourself. Furthermore, I told you not to troll any of my comments or mention my name. You make racist and blasphemous jokes and I want no part of it. Get your attention from someone else kid.

420ftjesus
420ftjesus

But you do not practice what you preach, JCS. Do not reply to me or talk about me, as you have been doing, sadly, whuch dilutes your message. Starting now. We all get along here. I hope you continue to make the effort to do so.

420ftjesus
420ftjesus

JCS is not a moron. He just made bad assumptions. It happens alot. He knows alot about basketball, but has stong opinions and a clear agenda. He doesn't always phrase things in the warmest fashion, but who does. Let's not insult each other. Emotions are high, and that's good, but we are all on the same team. I agree with your assessment over his, however, KC.

JCS
JCS

You're choice words are better suited for Paul Westphal. He is one of the top 5 worst coaches in the entire league and his team's records prove it. Frowny face and finger pointing aside, it's shame that players such as Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, and the former rookie of the year, won't develop into the best they can be, because Westphal will lead them to the bottom. Only stat inflaters thrive under the Fraud Five, as the team almost always takes an L. You need another example, look at Kevin Love under Kurt Rambis, and tell me where their team ranks.

420ftjesus
420ftjesus

There is no T in Marcus. Maybe Marcy if you are trying to insult him. When they lost, you know, in OT, that wasn't him chucking. His points helped send the game to OT. You may make some comments about Tyreke Evans, or do you not have a marvelously witty nickname for him yet? Just helping you out there, little buddy. It's complicated with more than 4 periods and all those numbers to sift through. I'd probably just guess about stuff like that, too. It's easier and you'll eventually be right. Chin up, little buddy.

MaxALM
MaxALM

The Hornets are about to get their asses kicked in the playoffs. Hate to say it, sorry, but I'm ready to accept that...

QueenBee
QueenBee

Nevermind, I see Cousins was ejected. Idiot. LOL.

QueenBee
QueenBee

And one more thing. What the hell happened to Cousins? Where was he? In the words of Toya's brother, HE WAS NOT DERE!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Tyreke Evans tried to be the hero and ended up going 1-6 in that OT. Dumba**! LMAO!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Even if we did have a chance against the Lakers, those p*ss a** refs would never let our little peon league owned team win. I'm going to bed. I'm exhausted.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thornton had 1 shot in that OT. Damn shame.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thornton scored his last points to get 33 with 2:11 left in the 4th. Hadn't scored since. Apparently Tyreke just chucked up a couple. SMH.

mbdtf
mbdtf

Well that sucked....

QueenBee
QueenBee

I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at the score and it was a 2 point game. Last I looked the Kings were down by like 20 so I kept refreshing my page to see if what I was seeing was right. I knew it was too good to be true. LOL! Oh well.

cmac81
cmac81

Well if you're a Kings fan and this is the last home game you see you can't do anything but be proud of your team.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Amen to that. And now we're going to have further to travel and the games when on the West Coast will be late. Uggh.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Kings got on 103 and got stuck there. SMH.

cmac81
cmac81

Ahhhhh f*** the Lakers, can't wait to beat them in the first round

Go Blue
Go Blue

What a let down....whatever! Come on Lakers, eh?

QueenBee
QueenBee

LMAO!!! That's all I can do is LMAO.

QueenBee
QueenBee

Thornton would've did better taking a jumper than that lean in floater he attempted. The Lakers were all over that ****. This game would likely had been over then. Uggh.

seb
seb

ya know that guy looks familiar. wasnt he on our team? REALLY SUCKS. love landry, but wish we still had MT5!!!

oc
oc

one more foul for gasol....

QueenBee
QueenBee

And check out the Grizz trying to make it close now. SMH. LOL.

cmac81
cmac81

I LOVE seeing Thornton take over games like this. I fully approve the trade still cause we needed Landry and MT5 would have never had this much freedom here with Monty. GOOO BUCKETS

Mark
Mark

Buckets would never get his because nobody here would authorize him his touches. With a healthy CP, MT will not be the one making things happen, so it's bittersweet, but I'm glad to see him succeed elsewhere. I don't know his contract so I can't say for sure, but definitely under-the-radar for those fantasy players next year.

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

My heart is fucking pounding right now. I really wanted to see Buckets FTW...

Go Blue
Go Blue

Overtime!!! nooooo!!! Come on Kings!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Did Kobe leave too much time for the Kings? Please, no turnovers.

Go Blue
Go Blue

Come on Buckets!!!!!!!! get this for us, buddy! -evil stare at Kobe-

cro_CP3
cro_CP3

I'm going nuts right now, although Dallas spanked us in the 2n half, NOLA can play them, let's go lil buckets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kobe will miss now 100%, I hope lol... Sactown fans are great, playoff atmosphere there right now...

oc
oc

if they pull this off im gna go nuts. loving seeing marcus benefit the hornets again :)

420ftjesus
420ftjesus

If they win, they'll get the Sacramento equivalent of a Popeye's Chicken Wrap, too, hopefully.

Mark
Mark

1 MORE POINT 'TIL CHICKEN

cro_CP3
cro_CP3

KINGS WERE down by 20 in the 4th, THEY'RE ABOUT TO WIN, IT's PACKED OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QueenBee
QueenBee

Did anyone bring cowbells to Arco tonight? Beno motherloving Udrih!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I'd like to see the Kings win if not for us, for their fans just in case it is their last time there.

cmac81
cmac81

MARCUS THORNTON BEATING AGAINST LA!! HE STILL WANTS TO HELP HIS HOMETOWN BOYSSSS