Game On: Hornets @ Detroit

Published: February 4, 2012

The Hornets travel to Michigan to take on fellow bottom-feeder Detroit. 

Detroit is one of three teams in the east with five or less victories. managing one more win  than the Hornets.  Despite this, their point differential indicates they are a worse team than the Hornets, as they lose by 10 on average while the Hornets lose by 5,  so the Hornets have a good chance of taking this win.

Detroit’s struggles are most emphasized on the defensive side of the court,  as they allow 107.5 points per 100 possessions, which is the 2nd worst number in the league.    It’ll be interesting to see which “wins” – Detroit’s porous defense, or the Hornets’ sputtering offense, which only generates 96.7 points per 100 possessions.

On the other side of the floor, despite sophomore Greg Monroe’s solid post game  and passing and Rodney Stuckey’s free throw-drawing prowess,  Detroit has been almost ineffectual as they are defensively, posting a worse offense than the Hornets have managed.  This is triggered by the second highest turnover rate in the league and, frankly, an inability to shoot.  The team posts a FG% of 42%.

As for personnel, the Piston’s main problem is that the three players who get the most minutes on the team sport PERs of 12.1 or less.  Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince and rookie Brandon Knight all lead the team with 33 minutes a game – and all have been an absolute mess offensively, making it difficult for the two players on the team with better than average PERs, Greg Monroe (23.3) and Rodney Stuckey (16.5) to keep the team afloat.

To put that in perspective, the Hornets would need to play Ariza, Belinelli and Aminu the most minutes on the team to match.  (Oh wait, Ariza and Belinelli already play the second and third most minutes on this team.  At least Belly has gone to the bench and Aminu is 9th.  Sigh.)

The three Hornets keys to victory:

  1. Allow Gordon and Prince to cast away as much as they want.  (Prince, in particular, is horribly inefficient, and I wonder how he got the idea he should be a primary offensive option.)
  2. Win the battle of the boards.  Since Kaman was benched, the Hornets margins on the boards has become much smaller.  Detroit isn’t a bad rebounding team.  Keep that edge.
  3. Stick their open three point shots.  Detroit allows anyone, anywhere to get open looks on the perimeter.(2nd worst in the league in attempts and %)  For once, the Hornets need to sink them.

Enjoy the game.


  1. James Online

    February 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hope Summers makes an immediate impact like he did in the first 20 seconds of the last game. Awesome!

    • Jason Calmes

      February 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      For those who think that James is saying something positive:

      11:47 DaJuan Summers offensive charge (Gary Neal draws the foul)
      11:47 DaJuan Summers turnover
      11:40 DaJuan Summers personal foul (Gary Neal draws the foul)

      in the play-by-play.

      I’ll also go ahead and fill the Marco praise while I’m at it. 11 points on 6 shots, only one turnover, and no fouls committed.

      Enjoy the game, James.

  2. Jason Calmes

    February 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Over/Under on how long it takes Ariza to be tested for performance enhancers after the game?

    I’ll start at 15 minutes.

  3. Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

    February 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    It sucks when you live out of state and don’t have NBA League Pass. I want to watch this team play tonight but can’t. 🙁

  4. J

    February 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Jason Smith is SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jason Calmes

    February 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Somebody buy Ariza some Tim Horton’s, ok?

  6. Jason Calmes

    February 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    7 straight for the General while Emeka atones for his faux pas, and veritable pas in this case as well.

  7. Jason Calmes

    February 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Even though you got the steal initially, that foul will cost you a Honey Cruller.

  8. J

    February 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I think when we play a opponet they should play The Imperial March and for the Hornets Taps because they’re getting creamed.

  9. NOH Domination

    February 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t mind losing, in fact taking a loss while getting another bottom feeder a win at this point of the season is something I almost like to see.. But when they start dunking viciously on us, going over our back, pushing us around, and injuring our players I have a HUGE problem when our team doesn’t stand up and just takes it. I would’ve liked to see a HARD foul on Maxiell around the basket to let him know that it’s not okay to push around our team. I don’t want to see W’s but I can’t accept not giving effort and simply being pushed around.

  10. 504ever

    February 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Anyone have an update on Landry? I was on an errand when it happened and didn’t even see it.

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