Game On: Warriors @ Hornets

Published: March 21, 2012

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! With a Tornado Watch, a Flash Flood Watch and the Saints losing their coach for the entire year to suspension, a gang of Warriors roaming the town may be the least of the worries for New Orleans this evening.

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The Warriors are in The Hive tonight and, as fans, we could witness history. What kind of history that is, I don’t really have more than random guesses. Maybe Jarrett Jack will hit 30 in a row? Perhaps the Hornets will somehow win by 80. The greatest dunk in history could be thrown down.

Or maybe we’ll just watch the Hornets win their second game in a row against poor opposition. That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

The Warriors come into New Orleans with an 18-25 record, eight games ahead (or behind?) of the Hornets in the standings. They sport a -1.7 point differential per game, an offensive efficiency rating of 103.7 (7th), a defensive efficiency of 104.3 (25th), and perhaps most importantly– a history of taking 21 threes per game at a 38.5% clip this season.

The Hornets allow 19.6 threes a game despite playing at the slowest pace in the league, but they have managed to allow their opposition to shoot only 31.4 percent so far.

Odds are that the Warriors will have their chances to get hot from deep, and because the Hornets aren’t a particularly good at scoring (they rank second to last in efficiency), that could spell disaster.

For that reason I’m not thrilled about the Hornets chances tonight. Don’t get me wrong– this is a winnable game even if they give up a fair number of threes, but in order to do so the Hornets are going to have to limit turnovers (a problem) and hit some threes of their own. So far on the season they’re averaging 12.2 threes a game (third lowest) and hitting only 32.4 percent (22nd), so if it turns into a shootout it’s hard to see how the Hornets prevail.

I’ll be at the game nice and early to see what’s new on the injury front and whatnot. Let me know if you have any questions for any of the players and I’ll see if I can get some answers.


  1. sweetpea

    March 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Now it will begin to dawn on more of our fair city’s sports fans why its *nice* to have more than one franchise … when bad times hit one, you can focus a bit more of your city pride and psychological energy on the other. At least I hope so. I was interested in what kind of effect the good Hornets news from last week would have on attendance for the rest of the year, now I”m even more curious, starting tonight with a mid week game against a mid-level opponent and such.

  2. hkc

    March 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    my cousin and roommate is a huge warriors fan. im a huge hornets fan. If we win, he has to put up a fathead of andris beadris (spelling?) on his ceiling and must wear a warriors charlie bell jersey the next time we’re out anywhere. if we lose, I have to put up a fathead of Jeff Bower and Shinn in my room. Either way, its gonna be a hell of a night. Please relay my bet to any and all players you meet. Thanks.

    Besides all that, if the warriors get hot from deep, its over. I’ve watched my fair share of warriors games, and they can shoot the shit outta the three. rush, thompson, wright, jefferson, curry (thankfully he’s out), robinson can all shoot the three at a high percentage. however, they cant rebound or defend. Honestly, man to man D with few double teams is the way to defend these guys. don’t worry bout the lane or interior, only lee can score in the post effectively. none of their guards are really good at penetrating, so packing the interior might be less effective against this team. also, we’d be better served not crashing the offensive boards. kaman, smith, landry (hopefully), thomas and ayon will be able to handle the rebounding duties. If we crash the offensive boards with players like belli and ariza, they will get out and RUN.


    • saltandcarbon

      March 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Great point about crashing the boards. Some easy buckets in transition would help a lot.

      Hilarious that someone HAS a Charlie Bell Warriors jersey to wear.

  3. Lance Broussard

    March 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    when is eric gordon coming back

    • Jason Calmes

      March 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      A quote from the great state of Indiana, ladies and gentlemen!

  4. nikkoewan

    March 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm


  5. Michael McNamara

    March 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    For any of you who think that it has been a tough 18 months to be a Hornets fan, this article is called “Perspective”. It involves tonight’s opponent:

  6. da ThRONe

    March 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    In the building thanks to Jason.

    • Jason Calmes

      March 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I got work dumped on me . . . tomorrow still better than 50-50.

      Hope to see you, dude (and guest).

  7. Ryan

    March 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    this a game where monty should give majority mins to the youngsters this will be a run and gun game

  8. Jason Calmes

    March 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I can’t decide: try to stop the 3 since that’s how they’re in the game, or keep doing what we’re doing and hope that their return to Earth happens in this game.

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