One of my favorite things about the game was watching the bigs (particularly Emeka) pushing the Laker bigs out of the lane on offense to clear room for the cutters. It was just beautiful. Great job all around by the boys in blue!
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Get Ready: Lakers vs Hornets (Video and LiveChat Too!)
Yeah, I’m the numbers guy.Â The analytical guy.Â I contemplated doing an ordinary Game On post for all of you, but I decided there was no need.Â We know the Lakers are tough, even if Artest and Barnes have knee problems and Blake isn’t playing.Â What we need, is a nice video to get us pumped for these games.Â So I made one.
Talk up the game in the comments friends and enjoy the livechat!
THAT'S WHAT I CALL A TEAM! WAKING UP at almost 4AM in the morning was worth it! Love my team, I'm in! (well not totally in, i can't go to the arena). But i'm in!! Who's not? two things that stand out to me? 1.) How the team practically went to Aaron Gray as he laid there on the floor, grimacing in pain. A true display of team spirit. 2.) How the team didn't really celebrate after the game was won. They knew it was a 7 game series, they just need to win 3 more. 3 more daunting, gruelsome wins. That's all we need. It might sound like we need a herculean effort, but we did it for one game, and we just need another 3. Just another 3. It sounds TOO optimistic, but as fans, that's what we gotta do. When we're faced with Goliath and all we got are slings and stones, the best we can do is throw those stones at Goliath and hope they hit him in the eye. GO HORNETS
Better not sleep on the Hornets, otherwise you'll lay in defeat by the Hornets!!!! NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!!
Un-f-king believable. And the best part is the Hornets look like a team that likes playing together. If we can keep these pieces and maybe draft/sign one ot two more WOW!! (I sure hope Aaron Gary is OK. Boy was he quality tonight.) And if you don't think Monty and Del know what they are doing look at this stat: our three highest plus scores came from our bench and three of our four highest plus scores (all but Gray) were acquired since Del took over!! Hard to see anyone not wanting to stay with this team the next few years.
Aaron Gray was huge tonight, absolutely huge. Jeff Van Gundy mentioned how good his hands were for a big guy and I thought he was just blowing smoke but every thing he said was spot on about Gray. They say its just a mild sprain so we'll see. Awesome to see all 15 guys around checking on a backup center. Truly a team and a great team effort
LOOK AT THOSE HORNETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A GAME!!!!! everyone contributed and they actually gave A Gray the ball. Just hope he's ok we're going to need him! CP3 has been "back" since after the all star break he is has just been saving it.
There you go! Sweep your locker room Lakers, tape it and put it on youtube! At least you can say that you had a sweep during this series!! Ha ha ha! Geaux Hornets Geaux Geaux Geaux!!!!! Only 3 turnovers all game long. Geaux! CP3 came back and showed the world he is still alive! Geaux! Where was Pau Gasol? Geaux! I hope Aaron Gray recovers quickly! Geaux! Total control at the end of the game! Geaux! Geaux Geaux Geaux Hornets!!!! I love this!
Seeing as thÃ¬s is one of the few games i've been able to watch live thought i'd drop a rare comment this game is enthralling great hustle and effort by ALL the guys, especially the 5 we've got inside great job for real....now lets hit some FT's and we may just prove alot of people wrong and win this crucial opener ;P
I know I'm a homer and all but I think we will be extremely competetive thru the entire series. With little expectations come little pressure and I feel a couple guys will benefit from that namely Ariza and Belinelli. I think trevor will be in attack mode all series to prove a point, and I think Marco remembers how many open jumpers he missed last lakers game n knows they will be there to take. When he shoots with confidence the offense works as it should. I know landry is gonna get his but will vintage cp3 return this week is the question.
Just up on ESPNLA- Q&A exchange I did with Lakers writers: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/18092/land-o-lakers-hornets247-blog-exchange Was I too harsh? Realistic? Too optimistic? Thoughts?
I think u were honest and spot on with your assessments. We all hope for the best but most of us are realistic as well, and we know the Lakers are a tough matchup for the Hornets. I think we can steal 2 games but anything more than that is just lagniappe. Best case scenario would be that cp3 is effective enough in series to have Kobe guard him which means either Marco, Willie, or Jack should be able to light Derek Fisher up and create some havoc.
The thing that scares me most? Home teams took 130 free throws yesterday, road teams took 76. Take out the Magic/Hawks game and in the other 3 games the home team took an average of 33.3 free throws while the road team only took 15.7. That is nearly 18 free point opportunities. My fear is that the Hornets can play their best ball and still not win in LA because this is such an overwhelming disadvantage. WHy don't people talk about this more? It is not pure coincidence, is it?
Michael, I noticed this as well. The Bulls took 39 FTs to Indiana's 15, and only won by eight? This doesn't bode well, but is typical in the NBA, especially in the playoffs. My greater concern? That we won't get the SAME advantage when we're the home team. The referees are too aware that the NBA owns the Hornets, and seem to go out of their way not to make any call that looks favorable to the "NBA's team". If this continues in the playoffs when we're at home, we honestly have no shot.
nobody talks about it cuz we all know the nba's rigged and it depresses us. ONly reason i watch is the hornets, they leave nola ill never watch another game until stern is fired as long as every nba official and they do some serious cleaning up. Derrick Rose shot like 30 ft yesterday......unbelievable
We can do this! I'd say to start Aaron Gray in the center slot and have Okafor play at the 4 just to give us some early size with Landry at the 3 and Ariza at the 2 and Paul obviously at the point. It might make us slower but with the penetration to the basket and postup moves against Bynum and Gasol by Landry, we should be able to get points, the question is drawing fouls often and early. I have faith that CP3 will have the game of his life today in LA and you never question the motivation of a player that had been dogging it for a good part of the season, albeit while battling through some bumps and bruises. All we need to do is to keep this game close or even take 1 or dare I say 2 in LA and we will be the "shockers" of the world like VCU was going into the NCAA Tournament this year. It can be done! Never question the factor of motivation.
i agree that it can be done but only if our guys play like they want it. i feel we have the talent and skill to compete with anyone. i think CP3 will show up and play to the best of his ability, but the rest of the starters are what concern me. we need Beli, Okafor, and Trevor to have a huge series for us to pull this one out.
Nice music and video. Hey Hornets players; use yours mind, Hornets have to believe they can win the series. If Paul, Okafor wake up and play well, and the defense working hard (using aggressivity to force turnover and not easy basket in the paint) with Ariza, Gray, Beli and all other pl., we have a chance to win against Lakers, referee, V.I.P. and other sh... Geaux Hornets, spaccate tutto!
Geaux Hornets Geaux! If we can pull a surprise win in the first 2 games, the LA should fear from THE HIVE!!! I believe Okafor should defend and stop Gasol all the time. If he has to play PF to do that, so be it, Gray and Smith can play against Bynum. But Okafor will be focused on Gasol and give him a hell of a time! Remember! This is the first playoff series for Emeka, I am sure he will give his best for his team! And Landry can be the star and go-to-guy of our second unit and give Odom a hard time! Come on guys, shock the world! Geaux Hornets!
Hell yea!! This video gave me so much confidence! The lakers aren't untouchable! We can beat em!!! Les go Hornets! We gotta win this one with our Beefense!!!
The one thing we have that the Sixers and Pacers were lacking today was the steady hand of Chris Paul. The one thing they have is far superior athleticism. The latter can be covered up by veteran play, hustle, and intensity. The Bulls and Heat are not the Lakers either. Should be interesting. Gotta steal one in LA.