Rapid Recap: Hornets defense swarms Nuggets

Published: January 9, 2012
New Orleans Hornets 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

81 Denver Nuggets

Chris Kaman, C 28 MIN | 10-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +8

Operated efficiently from the high post and was a matchup nightmare for Denver. Defensively, Kaman was nothing to write home about, but his offense was a large reason why the Hornets are leaving Denver with a win.

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | +12

Aminu is getting more and more confident with each game he plays, and although he is still raw offensively, he does a lot of little things that make you feel good about his prospects for the future.

Emeka Okafor, C 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +7

Emeka was virtually non-existent in the first half after picking up two quick fouls, but he had some nice moments in the second half- grabbing some key rebounds and dishing out some nice assists.

Jarrett Jack, PG 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +7

Jack was expected to miss the game with an ankle injury, but he toughed it out and hit a big three in the 4th that all but iced the game. Great display of leadership tonight for Jack.

Marco Belinelli, SG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +13

Oh, Marco- if we could only bottle up some of these first half performances and spread them out over the course of the game, that would be great. Belinelli had 16 of his 19 in the first half, but it was enough tonight as the rest of the guys finished what Marco started.

Carldell Johnson, G 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -4

So steady. Squeaky really is making the D-League proud and I expect him to get minutes even when Eric Gordon returns because of the way he paces the offense.

Carl Landry, PF 37 MIN | 8-15 FG | 5-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +20

Just a monster off the bench, Landry gives the second unit some scoring pop. He simply took over for stretches in this gamed and even showed the ability to play some small forward with some nice handles on offense.

Greivis Vasquez, PG 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 5 PTS | +6

Vasquez is going to have to step his game up to keep his minutes once Eric Gordon returns because Squeaky is playing well. Greivis did a little bit of everything tonight, but still needs to show that he has the lateral quickness to defend point guards.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Nuggets seemed more than happy to settle for outside shots despite having success nearly every time their guards got into the paint. Monty’s defense challenges teams to beat the Hornets from the outside and there will be lots of tired legs during this shortened season, which will lead to lots of missed jumpers.
  2. Summers and Aminu both can use nights like this to develop, but within two weeks the Hornets should have both Ariza and Henry available. How do we get all four of thes guys enough minutes?
  3. For the second straight game, the Hornets front line gave Nene fits. Because Mosgov is just so terrible, the Nuggets went small most of the game, which left Nene as the only big to contend with all that Hornet size.
  4. Hornets were outscored in the paint by more than 20 the last time these two met just 4 days ago. Tonight they won that battle 46-32.
  5. T’Wolves lost, making this at least a somewhat tolerable night for all you LSU fans.


  1. J

    January 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    that was a good game thats the Hornets basketbal i want to see.

    • Jason Calmes

      January 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Nice to have both sides of J.

  2. rjktan

    January 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I say we trade Ariza to a contender before the deadline and I think we do the same with Marco if we can get back decent value.

  3. Taquito

    January 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Great to see Aminu playing well, even if hes raw offensively he had a great block and he continues to rebound really well

  4. cloud520

    January 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Farouq! Farouq! Farouq! is on fire!!!!!

  5. Leonel

    January 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I like what I saw with Summers.

    Where’d my first comment go?

  6. James Online

    January 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Marco goes for 16 on 11 shots in the first half, breaking out of his slump. Jack then steadfastly ignores him in the second half and Marco gets only two more shots, draining a three. At one point Jack tried a layup against three defenders that was blocked while Marco was camped in full view in the corner.

    The Dallas announcers said it the other night: there is no flow or continuity to the Hornets’ offense. Tonight was better, but Jack has to distribute better. Even Eric Gordon was forced to freelance for most his points in the two games he’s played. Can’t win that way.

    • PP3istheMVP

      January 10, 2012 at 1:59 am

      i think thats why we play so well when Squeaky is in. He’s lookin to run the play the dish. He’s proven he can knock down the 3 as well. Squeaky bout to get some more playing time i thinks!

    • Jason Calmes

      January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

      When is one instance a pattern?

      And never anything to say during the slump… fair weather…

      • Pluto D

        January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am


      • James Online

        January 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        Marco’s shot has been off for the most part in the early part of the season–typical of lots of shooters this year with almost no training camp. His overall floor game, especially on the offensive end, has been excellent.

        Jarret Jack has been a me-first PG everywhere he’s played, and almost never gets Marco an open look. That was true in Toronto and it’s true here.

        That’s the truth. Weather doesn’t matter.

  7. Will

    January 10, 2012 at 2:54 am

    It could just be my computer but the stats are screwed up. They are from Saturdays game I believe. And there’s no Summers on there.

    • Mason Ginsberg

      January 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Yeah, I was confused when every player’s individual +/- was negative, yet the team won by 13… must be last game’s stats

  8. hornyets

    January 10, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Nice upset Hornets. Impressed with Summers for his first game, and congrats Marco on re-discovering his shot.

  9. Hornetsky

    January 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

    The stats above are from the previous game, nevertheless good game for the bees especially for belly getting out of his slump. Kaman is playing inspired offense and Carl is a beast.

  10. Stew

    January 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Hornets have 3 plays in the top 10. Carl’s facial is #1.


    • John in MO

      January 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      I was hoping Mek’s volleyball spike block would have made it, too! Grats to Aminu and Landry. Our 4 bigs really gave Nene a headache. It was great to watch. I hope we can build momentum off this win.

  11. scooter

    January 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    what can you guys tell me about summers? i don’t really know much about him

  12. MaxJD_Nola2NYC

    January 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Who is this guy summers? And wow does he have a good vision and understanding for the court

  13. Nithenz

    January 10, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Was this done with the friday game boxscore? All data is wrong, Kaman was 10-16 FG for 20pts, If you sum all the points said above you get 77 points not 94. strange nobody pointed that out in the previous 15 comments. Other than that, great game overall. I liked Summers brief play a lot and our bigs finally had a 48 minute game.

    • Nithenz

      January 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

      now i see it was stated before. I just read the first couple of comments since i like reading the article first =P

  14. kempleton

    January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Hello Michael,

    All the stats are incorrect. They belong to the Mavericks loss.

  15. Hornetsfan!!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:11 am


  16. J

    January 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

    i’m happy that the Hornets won,the Saints won and LSU that was a game hard to watch.The shoulda switch to Lee because Jefferson struggled last night.

  17. sundance

    January 10, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Denver should not be allowing Rudy to shoot 3s, he’s horrible at it. He becomes an effective sixth man for the opposing team.

    Aminu is looooong. He had some nice closeouts on perimeter shooters.

    Marco was quiet in the second half cause I think he was playing injured after his last made 3.

  18. kempleton

    January 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This is the first time I am pasting a link of an external site here. I hope it is OK.

    Landy posterized Nene and made the top play of last night. Also Aminu had a monstrous block to Nene and made the top 3!


    PS. I hope Landry is fine because we see Nene stepping on his ankle/leg after the dunk.

  19. nolahog

    January 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Best part of Landry’s dunk: actually causing Aminu to look fired up (see bench reaction).

  20. J

    January 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    They’ve to beat the Grizzlies twice and the T-wolves but the Blazers and Thunder are a big concern if they can go 3-2 in this 5 game stretch without Gordon the Hornets can be back into the thick of things 6-8 by Jan 19th.

  21. Everett

    January 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    James Online is right about Jarrett Jack. I don’t think he should be playing point guard. Jack is a solid NBA player, but the fact that no team that he’s ever started at point guard for has ever gone to the playoffs says everything (check Basketball Reference: http://tinyurl.com/87umkpk).

    He’s an undersized 2, not a 1. Monty took a step in the right direction by starting Kaman, the next step is to make Vasquez the starting point guard. Jack would best be used as an SG off the bench (he’d move to the bench after Gordon comes back), where he could contribute as a scorer and not have to be a ball distributor.

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