3-on-3: Previewing Hornets at Mavericks

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Published: January 7, 2012

Young stud (we can say that about writers, too) Rob Mahoney joins us to preview tonight’s Hornets game against the Mavs, even though 99% of locally based Hornets fans will be watching the Saints. Update- Jason Smith won’t play due to a death in his family.

1. Which matchup most favors the Mavs?

Rob Mahoney (TheTwoManGame.com) It’s tough to say. The Mavs have been wildly inconsistent this season, with even the rock solid Dirk Nowitzki struggling to get into a post-lockout rhythm. With that in mind, I’ll take Jason Terry — who has at least been the most consistently aggressive Mav — against Marco Belinelli. Eric Gordon would have been a great defensive counter for Terry, but without him in the lineup, JET could be set for a big night.

Mason Ginsberg – Given the fact that nobody on the Mavs is playing very well right now, the answer that seems to make the most sense is power forward. Dirk is still one of the best players in the NBA, and the Hornets will undoubtedly struggle to stop him. Right behind PF would be bench disparity; given the Hornets’ injury woes, Terry and Odom could outscore the Hornets’ current second unit playing 2 against 5.

Ryan Schwan – With Gordon out, Xavier Henry brand new to the team, and Belinelli stinking it up, they could run a one-legged hamster out at the shooting guard spot and get more production.

2. Which matchup most favors the Hornets?

Rob Mahoney (TheTwoManGame.com) Jarrett Jack against some combination of Rodrigue Beaubois, Terry, and Dominique Jones. Jack does characteristically solid work on both sides of the ball, but — though I need not remind any regular reader of this blog — he’s been really impressive for the Hornets this season. I see him slowly working over Beaubois and Jones on Saturday night en route to another strong performance.

Mason – Point guard. If Jarrett Jack keeps up his aggressiveness, he should get the best of Jason Kidd offensively. On the defensive side, he should be able to hold his own against a slower PG like Kidd.

Ryan – Center.   Okafor is a B- center.  Haywood is a solid C.  He just doesn’t have the fire.

3. Care to make some predictions about the game?

Rob Mahoney (TheTwoManGame.com)This game is a bit of a wild card considering the injuries on both sides, but I’m inclined to default Dallas as a matter of attrition. The Mavs are struggling, but they’re fortunate to catch a Gordon-less Hornets squad on the tail end of a back-to-back, and have motivation to rebound strongly from their embarrassing lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. If nothing else, Dallas is poised to outlast New Orleans, and should pull out a victory in the low double-digits.

Mason – Without their best offensive threat (Gordon) and defensive threat (Ariza), I have a hard time picking the Hornets to beat any team in the NBA on the road. Dallas is currently in the bottom third of the league in both FG% and 3P%, a stat that caters to the Hornets’ rebounding success thus far, but New Orleans simply doesn’t have the healthy personnel to hang with the Mavs for 48 minutes.

Ryan – Landry is going to break 20 points tonight, bullying around and through Dirk and his non-existant shot-blocking skill.  One of our guards will hit a three point shot.  And that’s a bold prediction considering how things have been going from range this year.

16 Comments

  1. Eli

    January 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Win or lose today or any other day, we win in the long run. A win is a win, and a loss is a better pick.

  2. neitzelbaby12

    January 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    how long is ariza out and whats his status?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    And is gordon still 2-3 weeks or any new news?!??!?!?!?!?!

  3. J

    January 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The Hornets are my favorite comedy team they blow leads and have 2 Dleaguers and a Ayon the benchwarmer on the bench.If i’m Ayon getting paid 3 million for 3 years to sit on the bench i’ll sit on my hide too lol.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Want me to just repeat this 10 times and save you the trouble?

      How about you come with a new complaint each time to keep it interesting?

      Also, rare is the team that loses without blowing the lead.

      • JJ

        January 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        Seriously, when are you going to stop complaining? It’s getting old…

  4. Noah

    January 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    “Wildly Successful Former Hornet Jamal Mashburn Wants To Own New Orleans Franchise”
    THIS IS GREATT!!
    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201201/nba-all-star-monster-mash-owner

    • MaskedTalent

      January 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      damn….forget Chris Paul can HE come back and play?????

    • usufruct

      January 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Yeah, that’s interesting. My first concern, though, are recent articles like the one entitled “NBA Commissioner Favors Team for Louisville.” Apparently, Mash lives in Miami but still has very strong ties to Kentucky. That concerns me. Regardless, it’s big Hornets news any way you look at it.

      http://www.wdrb.com/story/14015243/report-nba-commisioner-favors-team-for-louisville

    • Okithor

      January 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Wow! Good for Jamal. Would be cool if he gets his wish.

  5. Jason Calmes

    January 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I’m not sad to say I’ll be watching the Saints from my regular spot in the balcony.

    As far as this game goes . . . pleasepleasepleasepleasewinthismofo!

    Lose the rest of them, just beat Dallas each and every time. Crush them. Embarrass them. Make their daughters have tear-streaming nightmares. Bring the city to its knees, a la General Zod. I’d settle for Non, even.

    • Jo D

      January 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Yessssss!!!!!

    • Okithor

      January 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Lol. Why do you have an irrational hatred for all things Dallas?

      • Jason Calmes

        January 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        The opposite of the reason other people don’t?

        Can’t explain irrational….

        Colorless green ideas sleep furiously

      • carpo

        January 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Cuban is Dallas…

  6. Mark

    January 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Watched a few Mavs game when I went home to visit the fam. Biggest problem with them is nobody knows their role and each plays to their individual talents (ahem, VC).

    Don’t expect a win, but our team’s youth excites me. We don’t have a superstar, but this could be a fun team.

  7. Bower's Woodshed

    January 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    “With Gordon out, Xavier Henry brand new to the team, and Belinelli stinking it up, they could run a one-legged hamster out at the shooting guard spot and get more production.” This one made me LOL.

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