Rapid Reaction: Hornets are handled by the Mavericks

Published: January 7, 2012
New Orleans Hornets 81 Final

Recap | Box Score

96 Dallas Mavericks
Chris Kaman, C 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -4

If Kaman wasn’t such a wreck defensively, I’d be pretty happy with what he did this game. He still makes me want to vomit when he puts the ball on the floor, but tonight he was decent.

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 44 MIN | 4-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -16

Monty gave Aminu as much run as he could handle tonight, and Aminu delivered solid defense, some nice shooting, and abysmal ball-handling. You can see the potential there for him to become a better Ariza once he cuts down on dumb defensive mistakes and leaving his feet to pass. Tonight was nice, though. I found it fascinating that the first play of the game put the ball in his hands to initiate, and when it kicked back out, he showed no hesitatin shooting. Good on ya, young fellow.

Emeka Okafor, C 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -17

Okafor was given Nowitzki to defend for most of the game, and defend him he did. That’s the only reason I’m not murdering him with this recap.

Jarrett Jack, PG 38 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -10

Jack should be arrested after this game after battering the rim with clang after clang and assaulting the people in the stands with multiple bad passes. He’s trying damn hard, but he’s just not good enough to be the primary option he’s trying to be.

Marco Belinelli, SG 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -9

Wait, Marco played after the first two minutes?

Carldell Johnson, G 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +2

The best point guard the Hornets had tonight, Squeaky only forced one play, and generally took what he was given. Nice night for the rook.

Trey Johnson, SG 8 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0

Johnson was used as a small forward in relief of Aminu, and he’s just too smal for that. He gave it his all, but couldn’t get it going.

Carl Landry, PF 28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -6

Landry couldn’t get a break out there, and still ended up with 12 points on 7 shots. If Landry had been gifted with three more inches, he’d be an all-star. Or maybe a pornstar, depending . . .

Greivis Vasquez, PG 18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -12

Vazquez followed a strong game with a struggle. Monty couldn’t really keep him on the floor either, because he couldn’t stay in front of anyone defensively either. JET, Roddy, Delonte West, it didn’t matter.

Gustavo Ayon, PF 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Ayon played and did what he could as a big man with no expectation of having a set run for him. Twice he rolled to the net and could have gotten a nice pick and roll dunk if his guards had at all been thinking about him. Here’s hoping Monty points that out.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The turnovers tonight were unsettling, and it was even worse than the 20(!) turnovers the Hornets were credited with. Their passing was awful, and over and over, wing players had to stop and go back to receive passes so they wouldn’t go out of bounds. I weep for a proper wing pass off the dribble.
  2. The Hornets primary defensive principle is to go under screens and pack the paint. Tonight, that burned them as Dallas shot 42% from three.
  3. I find the celebrations of Corpse Vince Carter even more irritating than those of Arrogant but Good Vince Carter. Go Figure.
  4. The Hornets continued their trend of outrebounding their opponents tonight. Sometimes, that just not enough to keep you in it.
  5. The fluke bad shooting from deep from early in the season continues to correct itself. The Hornets aren’t great shooters from range, but they aren’t as bad as the numbers suggest either.


  1. George

    January 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    “If Landry had been gifted with three more inches, he’d be an all-star. Or maybe a pornstar” haha. Is Marco the most inconsistent player in the NBA?

    • sp

      January 8, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Marco’s been extremely consistent this year, which is the problem.

  2. usufruct

    January 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Squeaky! Squeaky! Squeaky!

    • usufruct

      January 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Who could dislike this? lol

  3. Bower's Woodshed

    January 7, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    These guys need more time together to build chemistry and boost their GPA’s.

  4. 504ever

    January 8, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Not having your one star, another starter, and a key bench contributer is a big problem for any team.

  5. J

    January 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

    haha!!!! yeah tanking the season seem like the right thing to do since we’ve a jr high team on the court this year.

    • PP3istheMVP

      January 8, 2012 at 2:30 am

      i honestly dont know why you keep posting, any of these “junior-highers” would beat you on the hardwood any day. Have some perspective, were missing our best player and another starter who is our best defender. We have an almost brand new team in a lockout shortened season as well, cant expect them to just click right off the bat.

  6. J

    January 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Gordons knee is going to be an issue for the rest of this season as well for an extension.Just shelve the guy for the rest of the season let him get knee surgery by Dr.James Andrews and have him ready for next season.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 8, 2012 at 12:50 am

      So tell me, Dr. J, what should the procedure be?

      On what? I mean, we both know the knee is a general area, but what do you want to do to what?

      Let’s start with the basics: are we talking tibiofemoral? Patellofemoral? Both? Wildcard, such as a circulatory issue? Lymphatic perhaps?

  7. Jason Calmes

    January 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

    1) Who Dat?!

    2) A pox on Dallas’ house… Da da da dadadaa dadadaaaa… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md2YoqPlEtU

    3) Aminu

    4) Nappy time

  8. hornyets

    January 8, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Nice to see Squeaky(aka Danger Mouse) getting a run. Yep, lets tank.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Danger Mouse?


      If you are local, you get a pair of balcony seats to either game this week.

      Long live Penfold!

    • usufruct

      January 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      What’s the Squeaky/Danger Mouse connection?

  9. Tyler

    January 8, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I can’t wait to see how each player’s game improved at season’s end.

  10. StefanC

    January 8, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Someone remind me why J is allowed to post on this site.

    • Jo D

      January 8, 2012 at 7:00 am

      J= Troll
      Ignore him
      Don’t respond…
      He enjoys getting the rise out of people…
      If we ignore him, he won’t have fun anymore…
      One of two things will happen…
      1. He will just stop.
      2. He will become exceedingly more vulgar and rude, in which case the admins on the sight will just just start deleting comments or blocking his email entry…
      of course he could(in a pathetic attempt) just make another email, but if he keeps with the same type of comments.. He will be easily identifiable. And can be taken care of accordingly…
      Just ignore him…

      • J

        January 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

        You’re a troll man i’ve a right to my opinon.

      • Jo D

        January 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

        Yea you do have a right to an opinion.
        But all you do is spout off about the same negative stuff. You are so repetitive it’s insane.
        “They funny. They funny. They bad. They bad. They suck. They suck. I laugh. I laugh. They sad. They sad.”

        IN MY OPINION.
        A true fan would not down the team completely in every post.
        A true fan would look at the circumstances the team is in before passing completely negative judgement on them constantly. Yea we lost some games in a row. Or two best players from last year left. Our best player is hurt. The roster has been in constant flux. 90% of the team consists of new faces. We have used something like 5 different starting line ups. We are one of the youngest teams in the league. Several players on the team are inactive.
        Even if a fan doesn’t like the way the season is going, they would focus on how much better we could be once everyone gets back. They could focus on the fact we put together 2-3 quarters of winning basketball with the likes of Trey Johnson, squeaky, and aminu playing significant minutes. And they could also focus on the positives, like the next draft.
        All these would be acceptable by a true fan.
        Not bashing the team.
        And even if a fan did bash, they should explain what they didn’t like and maybe even their opinion on how to fix it. Something.
        But that’s just my opinion.

    • usufruct

      January 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      J is good for much needed comic relief. Yall just take him too seriously.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Nearly everyone is allowed. The dude cares, it seems. As long as his passion is about the team more than causing trouble, he’s fine by me.

      “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” — Voltaire

      Pure repetition doesn’t help anyone, though.

  11. Taquito

    January 8, 2012 at 7:13 am

    heres to hoping we see more Ayon soon!

  12. J

    January 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This team sucks this year it would be great to after Kevin Love in next years free agency he’ll be a great pick up and some other talented pieces if we get legit ownership.What gets me about some of you so called Hornets fans wasn’t that loyal til you started supporting this team when you thought they was going to be relocated or contracted.Once this team gets new ownership you’re going back to watching Dallas Stars games on Fox Southwest anyway so this drama can go away case close.

    • Jo D

      January 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I’ve been a season ticket holder for 4 yrs.
      4 seats.
      I’ve supported the team since they moved here.
      I cheered the likes of Davis, Mashburn, Magloire, Augmon, Wesley, Brown, and even Dan friggin Dickau.
      The same as I cheer on this roster.
      But yea you are right. I’m not loyal.
      You are loyal. You bash them. The same as a loyal friend should bash another openly instead of supporting them. Right?

      Lol this is my last response to you, unless you can find something to talk about that has even a slight positive tone to it.
      Good Day Person!

    • Jason Calmes

      January 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      There is no reason to assume that anyone here isn’t a fan, or that there is anything wrong with being late to the party. When did I get tickets? When I could afford them. Same with the Saints.

      Let’s keep the talk team related.

  13. Clutch

    January 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I haven’t posted in a while but I read the site everyday. It hurts me to see so much negative comments by some fans. If a player is hurt then we have NO right to question that players toughness. Guys come out everyday and buss their butts. We should have all known that this was not going to be a championship caliber team but I guess the first 4 games * preseason included* had us spoiled. Let’s just continue to support our team because things are meant to be greater Later. Then we can all say that we were there during the rough times….. Beaux Hornets

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