Game On: Hornets at CP3

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Published: April 22, 2012

Three games left and all that’s left at stake are lottery balls and pride.  Which will weigh more tonight?

Monty told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that for the last three games of the season he intended to get his young guys a ton of minutes.  Considering the Hornets have been playing an assortment of young guns and Carl Landry pretty much non-stop for two weeks, I’m not sure what that actually means to the Hornets rotations.  Less Landry?  Follow-up questions would be so helpful.

Regardless, the Hornets are in Los Angeles to face Chris Paul and his Clippers squad, which has recently sworn up and down that they’ll protect Blake Griffin from the big. mean bullies of the league who foul him hard when he tries to embarrass them.  I’m pretty happy that Trevor Ariza isn’t playing tonight, because last time the Hornets faced the Clips, both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin decided the 6’8″ stringbean was an appropriate target for their “messages”.   So now, Aminu and Belinelli probably need to look out.  Vasquez is too fiery, Henry to ripped, and the other Hornets too close to the same size as the Clippers “enforcers” to need to worry much.  Dyson could be a target too.

The Keys to Victory

  • Get physical with the Clippers.  No, this isn’t some intimidation thing.  The Clippers foul the crap out of everyone, giving up the third highest rate of free throws of any team in the league.  Drive, crash the boards and scrap, and the Clippers will put you on the line for easy points.
  • Crash the defensive glass.  The Clippers post the third best offensive rebound rate in the league, which contributes mightily to their sky-high team field goal rate.  The Hornets need to send everyone back to cover the boards and not worry about leaking out.  They aren’t a good fastbreak team anyways, so sacrifice that for limiting possessions.
  •  Follow the typical Hornets Defensive game-plan.  Pack the paint and encourage threes.  Long Twos and Threes are the only type of shot the Clippers make at or near the league average.  If they get within 15 feet, they are particularly deadly.  Limit that.

Enjoy the game!

39 Comments

  1. Tim

    April 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I think tonight calls for a last-minute “Watch party”! What do you guys think, and where is everyone heading? I know that “Avenue Pub” just starting selling smoked BBQ on Sundays only, but have never been there, and don’t know if it’s a cool place to watch a game. Is it? And anyone heading anywhere else tonight? I think it will be a great game!!!

    • Brennan

      April 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      if you can get a watch party party together i’ll definitely go!

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        I’m open, but the Smoked BBQ is sounding good! C’mon Joe & Co….Where we watchin!?!?!

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

        Ring ’em, make sure they can get it. Doors and Rocco’s uptown have CST.

    • Jason Calmes

      April 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      I’ll go.

      Someone commit!

      Time and place… we need to pregame…

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        I’m on it. And Doors is officially closed. Going to be a Rock N’ Sake. Stay tuned…

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Like the place. Will like it better not on Fulton of whatever.

        Good scoop.

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        Alright, two options. I’ll leave it up to the majority here to decide, then Jason or Joe one of you guys take the reigns from there. “The Irish House” on St. Charles-Lots of TVs, they do get the game, no smoking, and good food. Talked to a cute girl named “Tuna” (I know right?), and they started boiling crawfish at 3, and will probably run out by 6:30. Then old faithful “Cooter Browns”. Always have the game, and good fresh oysters. Not smoke free. I’m open to either of these places and/or “Brunos”. Up to you guys.

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        My vote is the Irish joint. I’m closer to CB, but smoke-free goes a long way. I’ll do either… Cooter Dog and Radiator go a long way.

        Get your votes in, cut off at 6.

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Can’t get Avenue Pub or Smokehouse to pick up the phone. Let me know where you guys prefer. Or if you have any other suggestions.

      • Brennan

        April 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        I vote cooter browns but can be easily convinced otherwise

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        To CB, Brennan. Hope to see you there, dude.

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        I’m still good with either. 8 Minutes for someone to tiebreak this.

      • Tim

        April 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Alright, let’s do the Irish House. Can maybe still catch some crawfish, they have a hot girl named “Tuna” there, and bangers and mash don’t suck. See you guys there.

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        I was just about to switch my.vote, but the decision is done.

        I’ll cover the first $20 (at least).

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Time we start pre-gaming? 7:30?

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        I’m with Tim here at the bar. LSU shirt and a black Hornets shirt at the bar. Plus, I’ll be the hairiest person here in all likelihood.

      • Jason Calmes

        April 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

        Relocating to Cooter Browns… not everyone knows the difference between Cox and DirecTV it seems…

  2. sundance

    April 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I hope Beli drives right down the middle for a dunk.

    • D$

      April 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      beli will mozgov/perkins dunk of fake griffin hahaha…side note…screw the ping pong balls and beat cp3!!!

  3. Turbodog

    April 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Have fun guys, wish I could come.

  4. guest

    April 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Is Gordon playing tonight?

    • Jason Calmes

      April 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      I’ve seen nothing to indicate otherwise, but this is outside my bailiwick.

  5. Gabe

    April 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I would like too see Gordon guard CP3 for the 4th quarter- I don’t think we can go the whole game like that, but imagine seeing what Chris Paul could do. Remember what LeBron did to Rose in the playoffs last year and yes, Eric Gordon is on the same defensive level as LeBron- just not ridiculously athletic.

  6. Nithenz

    April 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Sac winning at Charlotte, and Cleveland win over the Knicks gave me no guilt in rooting for a win. LETS CRUSH THE CLIPS!!!

    • 504ever

      April 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      No. Tank the last three to get more ping pong balls, now that SAC and Cleveland are one win better than us. So we are the 3rd worst team if we tank three. Go Tank.

  7. Andrew Smith

    April 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    (Probable)Starting Line-up

    G-Greivis Vasquez
    G-Eric Gordon
    F-Al-Farouq Aminu
    F-Lance Thomas
    C-Jason Smith(I wanna him block B.G.)

  8. Holy Cow

    April 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Three cheers for Sacto and Cleveland! I’m in for a win vs CPme.

    • sundance

      April 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      wolves lost!

  9. Swamp Hunter

    April 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    How come the game is on NBA tv but when I put it on it says that it is blacked out in our area? How does the NBA expect to continue to draw new fans when the games aren’t available? I love the hornets and make about 5 games a year I look at this site everyday for the latest info, but can never see them on tv. I live in the bayou area and charter and direct tv don’t allow us to see them. It’s just frustrating.

  10. D$

    April 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    technical for ayon?? i seriously lose more respect every time i watch griffin play…can’t wait to see his crying ass sent home in the 1st rd because teams won’t let him dunk in the playoffs…cmon hornets lets get this one!!

    • 504ever

      April 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Should have been a technical on Griffin for locking arms with Ayon after the whistle or talking trash to Ayon. But the NBA isn’t fair. It’s a business that protects it’s stars via referees.

      • D$

        April 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        yup

  11. Jason Calmes

    April 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I deleted all the cusswords…

    That was

  12. clef504

    April 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    for starter im jealous yall having a watch party and im stuck here in fort bragg.

    but look at aminu, i believe we can trade ariza for a strong pg or pf, draft mkg and have him and aminu as the two wings……this guy is young and makes mistakes, but he is not any where near as bad as juju……

    • clef504

      April 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      and as soon as I post this, Aminu hits a three…..then draws a foul…….

    • Jason Calmes

      April 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      When you make it to one, you drink on me.

  13. D$

    April 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    air gordon…lovin it, had a clean strip on cp3…probably should go get my jersey…

  14. Jason Calmes

    April 22, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I said it elsewhere…

    I want EJ to Liptonize Paul etc.

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