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Hornets Give Game Away in Final Seconds, Fall to Kings

Published: March 8, 2012
New Orleans Hornets 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Sacramento Kings

Trevor Ariza, SF 36 MIN | 9-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +2

This would have been an A-/B+ but you simply can not turn the ball over on the inbounds pass in that situation. Look, the Hornets have had problems with inbounding the ball late for years, and Ariza usually does a good job in that role, but that pass tonight was just plain bad.

Solomon Jones, C 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

Got the start against a team that’s best front line player was out and he made no impact whatsoever. And to top it off, he was playing for a contract tonight, yet he still produced nothing.

Chris Kaman, C 46 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | 0

Was forced to play a ton of minutes due to injuries and Solomon’s early foul trouble, and despite an early ChuckFest, he had one of his best games of the season, falling just two assists shy of a triple-double.

Jarrett Jack, PG 33 MIN | 11-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 25 PTS | -5

Great game for a shooting guard, but Jack is supposed to be getting others more involved. Ariza and Kaman played facilitator’s tonight instead and Jack simply put the ball in the bucket. Wish he would have gotten to the line more, though.

Marco Belinelli, SG 33 MIN | 5-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -6

Monty’s Doghouse vs. James Online…… Fight!
Seriously, though, the rest of the team combined to shoot over 60% and Belly was right around 30. Tough night for Marco, but at least he kept the Kings D honest.

Lance Thomas, F 27 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Really solid game that makes you wonder if Thomas can be a 5th big (or perhaps more) next season. During All-Star weekend, I talked to a guy in the D-League who worked with Thomas day in and day out, and he told guaranteed that Thomas will be an NBA player for 6-10 years. I laughed then, but I am starting to believe him.

Greivis Vasquez, PG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -4

Made a horrible pass out of the post in the second quarter, but other than that, he really played under control tonight for the most part.

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 15 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +1

A lot of other guys had their shots falling tonight, so Aminu didn’t get many, but he did a great job of crashing the offensive glass and played some solid D. Gotta stop with the stupid fouls, however.

Four Things We Saw

  1. I am getting so sick of rooting against this Timberwolves team and being disappointed. Rubio has hit the wall of late, but guys like Martell Webster or Wesley Johnson just randomly show up and have fantastic games to compliment Love. So frustrating. They have a 7 game road trip coming up, and if they get through that 3-4 or better, a trip to the playoffs is very likely. 🙁
  2. If this game was actually between two teams the national media cared about, there would have been all kinds of references to the classic Pistons/Celtics game where Bird steals the ball and “passes it to DJ!” Why? Who was the inbounder on that pass? That’s right, Isiah Thomas.
  3. You hit your free throws, everyone’s stroke is on (except Marco), and you lose to the Kings because of 20 turnovers? C’mon Man!
  4. Silver lining- With the Wizards win over the Lakers, the Hornets moved into 2nd position in the NBA draft lottery. As of right now, that means 20% chance at Anthony Davis, and perhaps more importantly, the lowest the Hornets could fall would be 5th.


  1. Carpo

    March 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

    A few of those misses from Beli were shots he had to chuck up after receiving the ball with 2 secs in the shit clock, otherwise he was alright

  2. Ron

    March 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    The loss’ blame is *squarely* on JJ for hogging the ball and causing a 24-sec violation w/ approx 30 seconds left in the game. To give him an A- is a travesty.

    Monty should *forbid* him from *ever* driving to the lane w/ less than 3 minutes to go in the half.


    March 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    right again. jj is a A-… yes… right….

    • SKIELE

      March 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

      lol sorry… jj get an A…. LOL

  4. Lucas Ottoni

    March 8, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Oh, man… I can not believe a player like Trevor Ariza misses a pass from the side. And I can not believe a player like Marco Belinelli miss a race on top for that little boy. Absolutely pathetic!

    When this suffering end?

    Draft, draft, draft!!!

  5. 504ever

    March 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Kaman bringing his “A” game was nice. Shot 50%, rebounded, passed, etc (blocks)!!!

    Glad to see someone else appreciate all the little things Lance Thomas does. Not sure about Thomas’s NBA carreer, but always thought playing the rest of this season would let everyone truly evaluate Thomas’s NBA chances.

    You take away the inbounds play, and everyone feels much better about the Hornets and the game. (And some are happy with moving into 2nd to last in the draft sweepstakes.)

  6. Chuck

    March 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Agreed, I thought the inbounds pass was more on Belli than on Ariza…how did he not catch up to that ball?

  7. sundance

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I miss James, and I’ll bet that was him on the telly. Oh well, Jimmer really impressed me (minus his lack of defense). I don’t know how far Sac takes it with Isiah as their starting PG, but I’d trade away Jack for Jimmer any day.

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