Ariza Rejected Late as Hornets Lose to the Lowly Bobcats

Published: March 12, 2012

The Hornets lost a heart-breaker to the Bobcats after Trevor Ariza was unable to convert a last second dunk over Bismack Biyombo. Al-Farouq Aminu played well late in the loss.

It was over when- The Hornets predictably fell apart at the end of the third quarter, giving up a 12-2 run to the Kemba Walker fueled Bobcats. They trailed 61-55 heading into the fourth. They then scored three points in the first five minutes of the fourth, giving up ten over that time frame. The deficit was 13 with seven minutes to go in the game by the time the Hornets finally ended a 20-3 run with back to back baskets by Farouq and Kaman.

The Hornets got back into it when- Farouq, Kaman and Jack hit unanswered shots for the Hornets to cut the lead to just 6 with four minutes to play. Then Farouq had a sweet drive followed by a reverse layup that cut it to just 4. BOOM! It helped that Charlotte went seven straight possessions without a bucket over that same time period.

Seriously, it was over when–  Ariza was fouled with 5.2 to go. Farouq inbounded to Ariza who had a path. HE WENT UP FOR THE THUNDEROUS GAME TYING SLAM… and was rejected by Biyombo. Cue sobbing.

That was… “anticlimactic”:  In a matchup between two less than stellar teams, the story of the night was supposed to be the first NBA game in which two Mexican-born players faced off. Unfortunately, Eduardo Najera was scratched before the game.

That was… “false”: The Hornets announced attendance at 15,254. Clearly there weren’t anywhere near that many people at the game, even though attendance wound up being much better than I expected.

MVP: Bismack Biyombo’s game-winning block sealed his fate as MVP, but his extremely efficient 12 points on 7 shots, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and zero turnovers was probably enough by itself.

X-factor: With 5.2 seconds left Trevor Ariza got the ball down 2. He had a clear path to the basket and chose to take it. The only problem is that Bismack Biyombo had other plans. He stuffed Ariza, sealing the deal for Charlotte.

Tweet of the Day: TickTock6–“Whatever. We are going to win the lottery on THIS BALL. From this game. I feel it.”

Charlotte Bobcats 73 FinalRecap | Box Score 71 New Orleans Hornets
Trevor Ariza, SF 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +8I was really happy with Ariza play and hustle all the way up to and including when he was stuffed by Biyombo. He was really disappointed after the game. The first thing I thought after that play was “Damn, Ariza is going to put that on himself when it really wasn’t his fault”.
Gustavo Ayon, PF 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3Gustavo didn’t really do all that much tonight. He had a bunch of steals, but something didn’t seem right. I guess it was just one of those nights where hustle doesn’t equate to numbers.
Chris Kaman, C 41 MIN | 6-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +36-19 doesn’t impress me, even if you do grab 16 rebounds in 41 minutes. There were a lot of missed shots…
Jarrett Jack, PG 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | +5Jack was his normal self most of the first three quarters, but really let things get away from the Hornets at the end of the third. I know he’s not supposed to be the guy who keeps things running smoothly and from getting out of hand, but he is. He needs to take control when that stuff happens. He had a chance to redeem himself late in the fourth, and nearly did. He hit a nice layup and then made a floater, but it was called off due to an offensive foul. Blah. He corralled the rebound after a missed Charlotte three, and the ball went to him first on the inbound with 10.8 to go. He gave it to Ariza, who was fouled. Jack didn’t touch it the rest of the way, so it’s hard to blame him for the loss in the closing seconds.The 6 turnovers and that offensive foul hurt his grade in my book.
Marco Belinelli, SG 26 MIN | 4-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +1Marco was hitting from long range early tonight, connecting on three of his first six. It’s fortunate he hit those because he was worthless elsewhere. It’s hard to win games when your shooter is ice freaking cold. 1-9 from two point land is awful, especially when you only finish 3-8 from three-land. Elsewhere on the floor he was a zero-machine, managing to not pick up a single block, assist, rebound or steal. Weak. Freaking. Sauce.
Lance Thomas, F 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -13Thomas gave some decent minutes in the first half, and was active on both ends to no avail. The team really struggled when (not because) he was out there. Monty sat him the rest of the game.
Greivis Vasquez, PG 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | +2Greivis was very quiet early on. He played just eight minutes in the first three quarter, scoring 4 points and gathering two assists. In the second he was a little more active, seeing some time with Jack, but he remained quiet.
Jeff Foote, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It was a quiet night for Foote, who did nothing of note in his three minutes of action.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -1Aminu showes some signs of offensive life in the first half, attacking the rim for a thunderous slam, and nearly putting back an offensive board in the same way. In the second half he had two huge plays for the Hornets late in the fourth, one a short jumper that ended the 20-3 run for the Bobcats, and the second a nice drive and reverse layup that cut the deficit to four. LOVE THE AGGRESSION. He continued his solid play, hitting another jumper and nearly willing his way to an offensive rebound and fallaway that he had no business even getting to on the next possession. His play gave me goosebumps late in the game, and the fact that Monty trusts him to inbound the last pass of the game speaks volumes to me.
Xavier Henry, SG 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -12I talked to Henry before the game and let him know that he’s arguably the most aggressive wingman in the game (in terms of FTA/FGA and and-one percentage) He was happy to hear it. Unfortunately, I probably jinxed him. Although he was looking to attack, he never really found any success doing it. Either way, it wasn’t a bad game by any means. It just wasn’t good.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The Hornets did a halftime show similar to Fear Factor, and somehow the guy with jorts managed to lose. Color me confused.By the way– I’ve had most of those treats they were eating (not the bowl of worms), and they really are quite delicious. Check out the Insectarium sometime for some free bug-snacks.
  2. The Hornets held the Bobcats to 35 points in the first half despite allowing them to shoot 48 percent from the floor.
  3. There were 50 some odd Connecticut fans rooting for Kemba Walker in the lower bowl who gave the Bee-Zanies a run for their money on a few occasions.
  4. Monty seemed legitimately happy with the final play. He expressed that Trevor made a nice move, and that Bismack just made a great block.
  5. The Hornets have a home practice tomorrow for the first time in something like three weeks. Also, don’t forget our live audio chat tomorrow! It’s our first one ever, as far as I know.



  1. Carpo

    March 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I love Biyombo

  2. cmac81

    March 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Not sure if that was the play was run correctly, but if it was that was a pretty decent last second play! Props

    • Andrew Smith

      March 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      It was ran exactly as planned

  3. Jason Calmes

    March 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I seriously wish they’d change the name of the number they report that is tickets sold (used or not) plus tickets given away that are actually used.

    It creates so much . . . stuff I prefer to not have around me.

  4. NOEngineer

    March 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Ariza is getting good at driving the tank.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      hilarious line. Works for anyone!

    • Nik

      March 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      This tank is in good hands..

  5. edbballin504

    March 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Where can I find the info on the audio chat tomorrow? This is my 1st time hearing about it.

  6. Jordan

    March 12, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I <3 X-Man.

  7. Ryan

    March 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

    aminu seems like he finally is figuring things out hope it continues the past 3 games been solid outings for him

    Farouq is on fire

    • Ryan

      March 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      and Al had 10 points in the game

  8. Hornetsfan!!

    March 13, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I want landry to return! but then again i want a high lottery pick 😀

  9. Ron

    March 13, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Why do the Hornets always have bad positioning in the paint, both offense and defense?

  10. Lucas Ottoni

    March 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Jarrett Jack B???

    Are you kidding me? He destroyed our team in the third quarter. Six TO!!!

    This defeat was ridiculous. There’s nothing else to say…

  11. Hornetsky

    March 13, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Off-topic, Any news on Okafor’s return? We need to showcase him and Landy before the trade deadline. Any takers for Kaman so far?

    • Andrew Smith

      March 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

      No News on Emeka mainly because last week was a road stretch & Emeka stayed here

  12. Joshua clause

    March 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I think it will be hard for the hornets to trade Kaman with okafor being out..he’s in the same situation as Gordon with swelling of the knee and having it being drained..I can only see them trading with getting another center in return

  13. edbballin504

    March 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Interesting fact guys….I was only able to go back to 2006, but [atleast] from then till now, the team with the highest odds of winning the lottery has NEVER won the #1 pick!

    • Jason Calmes

      March 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

      They’ve won it twice in the ladt 10 drafts. They were expected to win 2 or 3 with their 25% shot.

      We make fun of 25% shooters. Why the top pick is expected from a 25% shot at it but we are shocked when a 50% free throw shooter makes 2 in a row ir a 40% 3-baller misses, I’ll never know.

      • edbballin504

        March 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        Sounds like an unsolved mystery to me on that one 42!

        Well the way things look, if you believe in the law of averages, then CHA is due a #1 pick this year if they are the team with the best chance.

      • Jason Calmes

        March 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        I believe in the law of independent events, so I think they have a 25% shot should they end up with the worst record and only their own draft pick.

      • JayRey

        March 14, 2012 at 1:12 am

        Probability in its finest.

  14. Mr.C

    March 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    That was a bad lost, I think Vasquez needs to be on the floor in the forth quarter!!! He can hit shots and create off the dribble, for some reason Jack turns the ball over late in the 4th dribble all around crazy with his head down!!!

    • da ThRONe

      March 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      That’s funny because Vasquez is much more turnover prone than Jack. Ofcourse that’s because he looks to pass more than Jarrett, but still if we’re talking about TO’s Greivis is the bigger offender.

      • da ThRONe

        March 13, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        Greivis force a lot of risky passes that may not end up as a TO, but a lot of them could easily be so.

        I’ve said this a number of times. IMO neither should be a starting PG’s in this league. Vasquez just doesn’t have the quickness and speed and forces way too many questionable passes, and Jack doesn’t pass nearly enough.

  15. NolaHog

    March 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

    The entire crowd screamed in anticipation when Trevor got the wide open lane. . . and then were suddenly silenced. My heart hurts after this loss.

    • Mr.C

      March 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      LOL!!! He shoulda pulled up for the wide open three for the win!!! I would have…

      • Veezy

        March 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

        He can’t shoot though. Lol. Btw, does anyone know what we would have gotten for the Orl, GSW, and Hornets potential trade.

  16. big sslimm

    March 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Horrible loss.

    We need 3 top 10 picks. Make a trade and get another pick ASAP.

    I joked before the game “1st team to 70 wins.”

    Wow, what a prediction? Not really.


  17. Mike W

    March 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Didn’t watch the entire game. The thought occurred to me early on that it’s a good thing for these franchises that the NBA doesn’t do what they do in English soccer. Bottom teams are demoted to the next level, and the best from the lower level get elevated next season. Otherwise, we might have been watching the teams to beat next season in the NBA developmental league.

  18. Everett

    March 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

    We missed a lot of shots at the rim in this game, Kaman and Ayon being the worst offenders. Can’t believe Williams continues to start Jack over Vasquez, we were actually developing offensive continuity in those wins vs Utah and Milwaukee when Jack was injured. Starting him must be a part of the tank plan. It’s like Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 3; a production headlined by a man handpicked for failure.

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