3-on-3: Previewing Raptors @ Hornets

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Published: February 29, 2012

The exceptional Zarar Siddiqi joins Mason and I to take a closer look at at the Hornets game against the Raptors tonight.

Aaron Gray is falling down, falling down, falling down. Aaron Gray is falling down, I still miss him...

It’s a beautiful day for a beat down in the Crescent City, and that’s just what I think the Hornets are going to do to the Raptors later on tonight. If the past is any indication, it’s going to happen. Since the beginning of time, the Hornets have never lost on Leap Day.

You can read more from Zarar Siddiqi at Raptors Republic, or on twitter @zararsiddiqi

1. Which matchup most favors the Raptors?

Zarar Siddiqi: Point guard.  In case you haven’t heard, Jose Calderon now can play and also has trade value.  I know, it’s a shock to us too, but the Spaniard is dropping dimes left and right, and is looking for his scoring as well.  Gone are the days when Calderon was only got a mention when talking AST/TO or FT streaks, soon are the days when he’s flanking Kobe on their way to a title.

Mason Ginsberg: Toronto has no definitive edge without Bargnani; if I had to pick one, though, I’d go shooting guard. After a solid sophomore season, DeMar DeRozan has taken a big step backwards this season. That being said, he and Barbosa are both exceptionally quick off the dribble, and if they both attack the paint instead of settling for long jumpers, they could give Belinelli trouble all night long.

Joe: I guess power forward. Combined, Amir Johnson and Ed David hold a slight edge over Gustavo Ayon and whoever else the Hornets throw in up top. This of course assumes that as reported yesterday, the Hornets will be without Smith and Okafor.

2. Which matchup most favors the Hornets?

Zarar: We start a 7-foot Justin Bieber at center.

Mason: It has to be the front court, notably the center position. At this point, I’m not sure if Okafor will be back in action for New Orleans, but regardless, the Raptors are two quick Aaron Gray fouls away from giving Jamaal Magloire significant minutes. Yes, he is still in the NBA, can you believe it?

Joe: Well according to the Bulls announcers, Chris Kaman is a top three center. So that should answer that. OH, you don’t think so? Doesn’t matter. I’ll take him over Gray any day of the week.

3. Care to make some predictions about the game?

Zarar: Mario Belinelli will have a big game, ala, Carlos Delfino when he plays his ex-team.

Mason: Playing so well on the road against such a good team and then coming up just short will have the Hornets extra-motivated tonight. The Raptors played last night too, so both teams are on equal footing in that respect. Hornets win 87-82.

Joe: Hornets are going to stomp the Raptors. S-T-O-M-P. That’s how you spell stomp.

14 comments
CJT
CJT

Ya, I did notice the bad calls like all the ones made by the guy who wrote the blog. We don't have a lot to look forward to with regards to our basketball team in Toronto, but we do take some solace in knowing that your bloggers are just as bad as ours. Oh, and in that you have a crappier team.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

I so wonder if this JT is the guy with the Hoops Blog...

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

Yes sir. Apparently I was way too optimistic. Did you read this preview after the game or read it before and remember to come back to burn us?

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

All good! I enjoy a good ribbing as much as the next guy. I dish it, I take it, I don't let my feelings get hurt.

CJT
CJT

To be honest Joe, our own bloggers were calling for the same outcome, so I was a bit testy last night. Nothing personal.

neitzelbaby12
neitzelbaby12

Anyone noticed how many bad calls there were???

Nik
Nik

they were definately talking about kaman haha im glad im not the only one that almost fell out of my chair when i heard that...but hey anything to drive up his market value!!!

Nithenz
Nithenz

I heard the bulls anouncers too and i couldnt stop laughing. I also thought they were not talking about Kaman, but they were... hilarious! Damn, if he is a top 3 Center, please make a trade with us...anyone for Kaman...with the bulls roster its a W for us!

Eli
Eli

Haha joe. I think the bulls announcers were talking about joahkim noah as the top 3 center, which I still dont understand because the east had two all star centers in howard and hibbert, and bynum from the west is wayyyyyy much better than any center not named dwight howard.

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

Aw man! I never double checked. Good to know. Thanks

NOH Domination
NOH Domination

I like winning and all, but a 1 point loss on a garbage shot by calderon at the buzzer isn't something I'd be against.. We have Washington to compete with afterall!

hkc
hkc

what the hell is going on with smith, landry, and okafor?

Nik
Nik

its quite simple really first you start with at T and end it with an ANK

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

I've heard Smith and Okafor will probably be back this weekend.