Great win in L.A. Hornets, but it's going to get harder from here. The Lakers will come out and double Paul hard on the screens so his teammates had better be precise in recognizing where the doubles are coming from and make their move quickly. Also, the Lakers will come out and try to force-feed the post. The main thing to do against those big men (Bynum, Gasol, and Odom) is to let them get their shots with a hand in their face--do not let them get to the rim. The key to this series is to let Kobe get off and keep everyone else held down. GO GET IT HORNETS!!!
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NEW ORLEANS HORNETS ROUND ONE PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Game 2 â€“ Wednesday, April 20 New Orleans at LA Lakers â€“ 9:30 p.m. (central time) TNT
Game 3 â€“ Friday, April 22 LA Lakers at New Orleans â€“ 8:30 p.m. (central time) ESPN
Game 4 â€“ Sunday, April 24 LA Lakers at New Orleans â€“ 8:30 p.m. (central time) TNT
Game 5 â€“ Tuesday, April 26 New Orleans at LA Lakers â€“ TBD TBD
Game 6 â€“ Thursday, April 28 LA Lakers at New Orleans â€“ TBD TBD
Game 7 â€“ Saturday, April 30 New Orleans at LA Lakers – TBD TNT
You have no clue what motivation can do for a team everyone doubts. When you look at the injury to David West, nobody is going to question how huge of a loss this is to a team that already struggles on offense but I have this feeling that with the rotations and play of Jack and Gray from that we could surprise the world. Sure, we'll need CP3 to get rid of this CHRISTOPHER stigmata he's had over the regular season but I think that with the time for rest and practice to be put into play that this Hornets squad can do the impossible and at least make this a series that puts everything into perspective and how proud the team is to be from Louisiana. Being here from New York, I am envious of the location you guys are at and I just hope that the pro-HORNET crowd is pumped for Games 3 and 4. There's no reason why the Hornets can't make this a fun series to watch. If the Rockets could make it a series against LA a few years ago and the Warriors could shock Dallas with Baron Davis of all people there at the helm during 2007. There is hope to achieve the "impossible." Landry, Okafor, CP3 and company can do this they just need some more motivation to go into this beast of the NBA playoffs as a team ready to shock the world...VCU or Butler esque. I believe in this team to shut down Gasol, Hurt Bynum and limit Kobe to an extent. This is a Laker team that had lost 5 of their last 7 games going in and we can do this Hornets fans!
@EricPincus The playoffs can do funny things to underdogs. Plus Hornets are playing with no pressure. 4 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to EricPincus Lakers will drop at least 2 games to the Hornets. Just not convinced they can flip The Switch. 12 minutes ago via TweetDeck http://twitter.com/thechrispalmer I saw on the news today footage after last nights win Kobe was asked about the matchup and he said Chris is a problem and Ariza will be motivated. :?
I also like Landry at the 3 but I this Paul and Jack should play on the floor together a lot cause Jack has had good games against the lakers and that would break down their defense and wear out Derek fisher. Marco just needs to knock down his 3s and we can win I really believe we can. This is the same lakers that struggled to beat the spurs second unit and they have been hearing from all experts they will sweep our hornets so they gon be in relax mode thinking its gon be a cake walk. Lets play Ike Turner and make them eat the cake. Go Hornets!!!!!!!
The lakers looked real mediocre last night..And yea dude this is the playoffs..If you think we have no chance get the Fuck Off this Site..Yes @JamesOnline that's how we get..I Bleed Creole Blue and We deff hav a Chance this sunday..Bynum will be hobbling..So we Need to ATTACK THE BASKET!!..This is Basketball..We Just have to be a Better Team..And after last night..I'm Feeling really Good about Our Chances..WE'RE STEALING GAME 1!!!!!!!!
I really feel we can take game 1 too. They underestimate us, we are on a losing streak and bynum most likely wont even play. I think we punch them in the mouth game 1 and we will win atleast 1 in NOLA. I could easily see us at 2-2.... after that I'm not as confident. I have a good feeling about sunday though.
According to ESPN Daily Dime, Chris Paul said, "These 82 games don't mean too much. We know what we're capable of." Not only do I share his confidence, but if I take his comments out of context (like the media does so much), we shouldn't feel so bad about not selling out the regular season because those games don't mean too much. And we should hate the Lakers and Phil Jackson for no other reason than him saying, "Hopefully, " Jackson said, "they've drained the mud out of the building and the termites aren't going to eat the building away by the time we get down there." after they fixed up the Arena in 2006. http://blog.nola.com/hornetsbeat/2008/11/lakers_coach_phil_jackson_shou.html I hope against all odds we make the Arena loud as hostile as possible against the Lakers on Friday!
I wrote an article about that to do some Phil Jackson bashing back in early February, and it never gets old - http://www.hoopdat.org/lakers-coach-phil-jackson-unhappy-with-state-of-hornets-franchise
Scored my lower bowl ticket to Sunday's opener in LA right after the matchups were announced last night, so there will be some Hornets' colors in Staples Center that night (and not the mandatory CP3 jersey either: try Marco!). Why is it that when anyone makes a comment even slightly critical of the Bees on this blog (see above and previous threads), some posters get extremely angry, even threatening? Somebody states the obvious: Hornet's aren't likely to win more than a game in the series, and some goofball wants to kick his ass. I realize things are uneasy in the Big Easy concerning the Hornets right now, but how about lightening up on those who hold diverse (often realistic views)? The big fear is shared: the only reason the Hornets sell out their two games v. the Lakers is because of the purple and gold crowd that inevitably shows up. Can't believe that any religious holidays would hold back a committed fan base. Is there a committed fan base for the Hornets in New Orleans? I'm not sure.
I have been saying we won't win a title, I jusy also say we are improving. The reasons we sellout or not are important, but as important as selling out or not, as supporting our team or the NBA or not.
I must have skipped over the part where people attacked someone. I dont have a problem with realisim or negativity i have a problem with people who are "hornets" fans and say THERE IS NO CHANCE WE CAN WIN, if you believe that i believe you're not a fan. But to say more than likely we will only win 1 game out of the series is logical and realisitic.
Against the Lakers, I think the line-up should be: PF-Smith 7"0, SF-Landry 6"7, C-Okafor 6"10, G-Ariza 6"8, G- Paul 6Jack, 7Green, 8Belinelli, 9Gray We need the size match-up in the starting unit. Landry against Artest is a very good match-up. I like Ariza head-up on Kobe more so than Belinelli. Smith against either Gasol or Odom is a good (enough) match-up. Okafor against either Bynum or Gasol is a good (enough) match-up. Paul is Paul, but he better bring it against Fisher. Fisher is tough as nails! Our bench of Jack, Green, Belinelli, & Gray matches up with there bench of: Blake, Brown, Barnes, Odom ... to some degree ... especially if Odom has to start for Bynum. Point is: The Hornets have a chance in this series if they feature the right line-ups! We are catching the Lakers at the right time. We will get killed with the line-up we have been featuring with Landry at the starting PF. If Landry starts against Artest he will be dynamic with his points and rebounds! L_REAZY
...but, we can assume that Monty will stick with what he has been doing. Very frustrating! Landry can play SF. He can shoot and post up. Plus I really believe with his mobility and size his rebound numbers would go up at the SF spot. He is like our version of Jamal Mashburn. Yeah, Landry might struggle with Melo, Durant, and LeBron at the SF spot, but after those three players there isn't anyone else that he would struggle with more so than 'they'd' have to struggle with Him! Monty, please try Landry at the '3' ... what do we have to lose? We've already lost to this team the conventional way. Conventional wisdom tells you to try something else! L_REAZY
Um, the Voodoo are scheduled for a home game on Friday the 22nd... what's going to happen with that? (Not that I care one bit about the Voodoo, but it's a legitimate predicament) http://www.aflvoodoo.com/schedule/?act[v]=graphical&frm[d]=2011-04-01&frm[e]=9
To my fellow Hornet fans: I had originally planned on being in New Orleans this past weekend for the first time for the French Quarter Festival. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it due to a hardship in my family. In the past few months, my father has had three episodes of strokes. He has multiple blood vessels that have burst and has been at high risk to have multiple strokes. Being the stubborn man that he is, he has refused to have surgery until now, although all his doctors have been adamant that he clear his vessels of the build up thats causing his strokes. He was once a sharp man, who could handle almost anything. Now, is completely changed. His emotions are an absolute mess, and he has trouble seeing out of one of his eyes. I have dreamed of coming to New Orleans for a long time, and I WILL make it out there one day. But for now, with the current state that my father is in, and the state of tension amongst my family, it is too hard for me to leave and have to worry about what could possibly be happening with him while I'm gone. I was extremely eager and excited to meet all of you that had been kind enough to reach out to me, and with this message, I wanted to do the same. Obviously, the Lakers play the Hornets in the playoffs. If ANY of you are going to be coming to LA for any of the games, please let me know. I would love to show you around town, take you out to dinner, recommend places for you, go the game, even play basketball if thats what you truly wanted. Whatever it may be, I want to offer the same kindness many of you offered me. This will not be an easy playoff matchup. The Lakers are THE team to beat in this league, and I honestly don't think ANYON is truly capable of beating them in a 7 game series. But I hope it will be a fun series, and I hope we can come out and compete and show the world that the Hornets are a GOOD basketball team. I hope we show Free Agents that this is a place they should WANT to come play. I would love to see this turned into something positive for us. LETS GEAUX HORNETS!!! email: AgentZiko@yahoo.com
I go watch a lot of the games on the Northshore at Times, decent food and dollar beers. Well they were a dollar i think they changed to a buck fitty but still cant really beat it.
I asked Jim Eichenhofer on his blog. His response: @Mason, Yes, the watch parties are both set. The Game 1 watch party will be held at La Carreta in Mandeville (Miller is sponsoring). The Game 2 watch party is scheduled for Fox and Hound in Harahan (Crown Royal is sponsoring). Both begin a half hour before tip, so it's 2 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Wednesday. For game 1, I'm not making the drive to Mandeville from uptown New Orleans, but I'm sure I'll find some local bar to watch the game. I work almost across the street from the Fox and Hound though, so I might head to that one.
Ill think about it, but its a sunday and driving to new orleans to drink on a sunday when i got werk in the morning. doesnt sound like fun. If it were a friday or saturday id be game
Going off of Kyle's comment... could the NBA have hurt us any worse here? Assuming the Hornets will be lucky to get a 3rd home playoff game, our lone two home games are onâ€¦ Good Friday and Easter Sunday? Yeah, and Stern says heâ€™s doing everything he can to keep the team here. Didn't the chances of these games getting sold out just take a huge hit? Or am I overreacting?
YA its the lakers this is a huge overreaction. It will be sold out the only thing to be scared of is being over run by lakers fans. I expect a 70% hornet 30% Laker fan ratio but it could be a lot worse.
I already got my playoff tickets but if this is anything like that celtics game at home this year ill die. If it kills the fans being at home overrun by opposing fans lord knows what it does to the players.
That was my main worry as well... I guess I shouldn't be worried about a sellout, just the volume of Lakers fans. I think it's a situation where those "Fakers" fans will show up no matter what, but the whole Good Friday/Easter Sunday bit could be enough to keep those Hornets fans on the fence from buying tickets, and thus landing in the hands of the enemy.
They are late. Should miss all the masses and gatherings. Other days may have been better. I think the effect will be minimal since it's the Lakers. Imagine if it was up against the Classic.
I'll be at a Good Friday crawfish boil before game 3, so I'll good and ready to yell at that game. Regarding the 2008 Easter Sunday game vs. Golden State - I think we both know that (unfortunately) we can't compare the second half of the 2007-08 season to this one. That was right after we hosted the all-star game, and it was just a totally different atmosphere around this city regarding the Hornets.
You're probably right... it just seems like one more thing going against us this season. Can't help but be a little bit annoyed by it.
I have calmed. I'm with you. It's like a fly tickling our nose after we just our asses kicked. Really?!? Really?!? Fine, pile it on. Maybe with Lent over and the earlier family visits, we'll get some folks that are good n' drunk for game 4. Also, we had a GSW game on Easter in 2008 that sold out, I think, and it was a midday deal. Actually, that game that led this site to me... I'll post that story maybe... I have a couple things to clear first... Yes, led the site to me...