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Lakers Beat the Hornets
The Lakers came back from 9 down in the fourth to overcome a less than stellar performance and beat the Hornets.
I just want to thank the refs for getting every call right. That was really a well officiated game. Really. Seriously. Truthfully. Honestly.
No, it wasn’t.
It was over when- Marco hit a SMASHBOMBAWESOMETHREE with 8:37 to go in the fourth that put the Hornets up 79-71. Clearly the Lakers would never recover against the star studded Hornets unit of Belli-Henry-Lance Thomas-Ayon-Landry.
No really, it was over when— So yeah, the Lake Show recovered and got the deficit back to two. That’s how it stood with 2:34 left. Steve Blake hit a sweet bank shot over Aminu right after, and then the Hornets gave up the ball… and the lead… and eventually the game.
Seriously, it was over when-– Down 3 and coming off a stoppage in play, the Hornets trailed by three. Ramon Sessions hit a dagger-three to extend the lead to 6 with just 26 seconds left. Then of course Vasquez made YET ANOTHER three, cutting the lead to three in the process. Unfortunately they decided not to foul immediately (or shortly after), and cost themselves a chance at coming back in the process.
MVP: Belli and Greivis really stepped it up in the absence of Gordon and Jack. They combined for 38 points on 28 shots (9/13 from three), 13 assists, and just one turnover
LVP: Gustavo Ayon has disappeared and been replaced by a less talented twin brother. How else can you explain his disappearance?
X-factor: Free throws. Yet again the Hornets wound up on the wrong side of too many debatable whistles. Not enough make-up calls went their way to overcome that.
That was…amazing: During halftime a lady on a unicycle blew my mind. She got some of the loudest cheers of the game, and some of the loudest I’ve ever heard for a halftime show.
|Jason Smith, PF 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -14Jason had his work cut out for him tonight on both sides. he was part of a constant double team on one end, and matched up against a large angry man at the other. Not bad, but now that I know how good he is it’s hard not to grade him a little tougher.|
|Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -3Not too shabby, Farouq! There was one finish that wound up being a missed layup instead of a thunderous smash, but other than that I felt pretty good about his game. This was one of the games that leaves me thinking he just might turn into a quality player one day.|
|Chris Kaman, C 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +4The Hornets needed a little more on the boards from Kaman tonight. Otherwise he was his usual self + blocking machine. The five blocks was a nice touch, and was the second time he’s done so in the last five games.|
|Marco Belinelli, SG 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +3Helllllls yeah. That’s what I like to see from my shooter– shooting! Marco also did a very nice job of handling point when need be, and let me tell you that there was a need.|
|Greivis Vasquez, PG 36 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 11 AST | 18 PTS | -4The more I see Greivis play, the more I wonder if he’s not the guy who winds up running point for at least a good sized chunk of the future. I get that he’s not the best defender, but the guy is a damn fine basketball player. He doesn’t shy away, he doesn’t back down, and he doesn’t quit.|
|Carl Landry, PF 30 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +3Yes, sir! Despite his defense not quite being there, Landry had one heck of a game. He was rebounding better than usual, scoring at a high efficiency, and just generally attacking when he had the opportunity.|
|Lance Thomas, F 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1Lance was playing wing for a few minutes tonight. I saw it. That was the most notable thing he did. Later on in the presser Monty said that he’s trying to find out of Lance can play that position, and that if he wants to stick around in the league he’ll have to be able to play more than one position.|
|Gustavo Ayon, PF 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +3As I said, I’m pretty sure this is Ayon Gustavo, not Gustavo Ayon.|
|Xavier Henry, SG 23 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -3Xavier was super aggressive all night long, but he just has to work on his finishing and, well, his shooting. the hitch in his shot has to go. There’s a reason people don’t do that. Aside from the shooting and finishing I was really happy with his play, but that’s a huge part of who he is, so….|
Five Things We Saw
- I just want to thank the refs for getting every call right. That was really a well officiated game. Really. Seriously. Truthfully. Honestly.No, it wasn’t.
- I’m staring at the jumbo-tron, which has a little Kings VS Hornets thing for the next game. The featured Hornet is Greivis Vasquez.
- Some dude hit a super clutch three-pointer in the Beau Rivage contest thing. Well played!
- Now I remember why I can’t stand Faker fans. Note– Real Lakers fans are cool, but if you live in NOLA and root for the Lakers over the Hornets without an amazing reason (like being related to one or being from Los Angeles and a long time fan) then you lose a NOLA card.
- I got a really good interview with Farouq about his blog. I’ll have something up about it tomorrow.
All I have to say is I hate Faker Fans more than anything in the world, and I am a pretty spiteful person. I was at the game and there were several times were I was confused as to why the arena was cheering for the Lakers only to realize that the ratio of Hornets to Faker Fans was way to close to call.
Clean house now!!!! no more d leaguers on this team get some big name players not some crappy palookas.
These NBA referees are a disgrace. The things that happen in the Lakers' games are an abomination. Because Kobe has not played, the thieves decided to protect Gasol. Regrettable. Ok, I said. And I want to see the NBA amerce me for telling the truth. Players cannot say anything, but I can. Great game for Vasquez (I love this guy!), Marco and Landry. We should have won, but the force majeure stole our victory. Patience.
Finishing games. Its a science and an art. Its hone with experience. In the post Chris Paul era the Hornets have to learn how to cope with the tension, decision-making and execution in close games. Its not effort. This team works its butt off. Kudos to.... C Landry for hitting clutch shots and marginalizing a much bigger Pau Gasol at the Hornetsw offensive end. G Vasquez for his strong shooting performance throughout... six threes!!! Marco ... the Italian B.....Monty has learned over the past few games that this ragazzo can handle the ball well enough to play some point, still works in the offensive flow.... and he recovered from some inconsistent shooting early to help hoist the bugs to the brink of a victory with his fourth quarter play.
TANK CITY! That starting lineup was a joke and the inbound play to Kaman for 2 with 6 sec. left. Please, you got to be kidding?
Andrew Bynum had at least 3 takedowns that weren't called. Landry only gets calls when his face is knocked at least 3 inches backwards. Pau lands on Kaman after a nice head fake in the lane and no call. It is disgusting. Bellinelli was bipolar. He airballed about 3 shots, clanked another 3 or 4, and gave away a few really clumsy turnovers. On the other hand, he stroked several sweet shots at key moments. Landry was awesome! I wish we would stop playing Ayon out of position at center.
Am I the only one who thought Marco was terrible down the stretch? After he hit that great 3 he kept losing people (or falling down) on defense, taking bad shots early in the clock, and trying to run the offense when Grievis was clearly doing a better job. If his shot isn't on, which it was tonight, he brings nothing to the table because he just doesn't have a good bball IQ. Or maybe I'm just seeing things wrong