Hornets lose to Rockets and end trying season

Published: April 26, 2012

The Hornets went flat in the fourth, relying on Lance Thomas, Al-Farouq Aminu and last minute heaves from Vasquez to provide their offense.  It went as well as you’d expect.  Hornets Lose.  Lottery balls safe.  Go root for Sacramento to win.

Michael McNamara refused to watch tonight, and that’s probably a good thing or we would have lost him during half time when he went into the bathroom, ran a warm bath and slit his wrists.

Yeah, it was that worrisome for rabid supporters of the tank at that point.  The Rockets came out disinterested and flat, playing no defense and jacking long jumpers.  The Hornets, on the other hand, started out applying pressure and defending hard, cutting to the basket, and getting easy looks.  Then Carl Landry came in and was giggling to himself visibly at all the ways he was destroying his old team as he pushed the lead almost to 20.

Happily, Monty didn’t play Landry in the second half, pulled Belli after he made a shot, and let Jerome Dyson and Watkins run themselves ragged.  Then, in the fourth, he called plays to iso Aminu on the wing or post up Lance Thomas.   Again, you can imagine how that went.  Rockets surge.  Game over.

I wanted to thank all of you who stop by and read our blog, and a big thanks to all of you who comment in the posts and make this a nice community.  Because of your support the Blog continues to be one of the biggest and best in the Truehoop Network and even with the team struggling, the number of people coming to visit the site did not decline this season.  That makes me and the rest of the guys feel awesome.   Thank you.

We’ll have a lot of stuff going up over the next couple months about the draft, free agency and player evaluation, and we’ll also be looking at site changes and redesign over the summer to try and make the site even better.  Stick around!


  1. Michael McNamara

    April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I checked in during the second quarter and saw the Hornets up by 17- almost lost my mind. The 6 point 4th quarter makes me feel like Monty cares about me and my overall health. Thank you Monty.

    Looks like Kings are going to win, giving Hornets a little less than a 14% chance at Davis and a good shot at a top 5 pick, so tonight is a good night. Thanks again Monty

    • SP

      April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Lets all try and forget about that GSW win, as Washington won big again today which would have had us tie for 2nd.

      Sacramento still up double digits in the 3rd to a Kobe-less Lakers is looking pretty good, but they also have some pretty crap players who could quite easily lose them another game.

      Bring on the offseason!

  2. rjktan

    April 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    i was going spare at half time and even after the 3rd. settled down in the 4th when I realized that Monty actually hadn’t totally lost the plot.

    On towards the draft and the off season.

    Really hope we can develop some of our former lottery picks and pick up at least 1 if not 2 good players in this draft.

    If we score the no.1 pick I will be over the moon. /fingers crossed. Davis doesn’t deserve having to play for the Bobcats… No one deserves that fate.

  3. LaNative

    April 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    It’s going to be quiet on the Hornets news front. Last year we had so much drama, ownership by the NBA, DWest surgery and recovery, CP3, lease agreement, local buyer for the team, benchmarks, “I’m In” campaign. What a difference a year makes, right? I would have loved for things to have turned our differently, but in retrospect we weren’t the disaster predicted. Rather, we played with heart and won games that we shouldn’t have and lost games in the fourth quarter that we could have easily won. The players who remain should have gained valuable knowledge about the mentality it takes to win in this league and should come back stronger. So, I’m a man that sees the glass as half full and I think we have a lot to latch hope onto for the offseason and the 2012-2013 season. Let’s put the work in and get this ship in championship mode.

  4. Chuck

    April 27, 2012 at 12:05 am

    When’s the lottery?

    • Jason Calmes

      April 27, 2012 at 12:21 am

      May 30th.

  5. Jason Calmes

    April 27, 2012 at 12:25 am


    I was hoping to just coast . . .

    Once word gets out that a mathematician goes soft it’s work work work all the time . . .

    Life was so much better when I just made fun of Joe.

  6. Lucas Ottoni

    April 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Congratulations to the excellent work you have done here on the blog. Be assured that many people outside the U.S. watch your work. Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland…

    • diehard hornet from brazil

      April 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

      yeah, Brazil is always here!

      we’ll be always checking for some new here! keep up the excellente work and congrats for another season bringing the hornets news!

    • sergio

      April 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Portugal here. This is my reference Hornets blog in English language… I don´t always make comments here (dificulty to write in english), but i read every post. Forget the Playoffs, Let the ping pong balls roll!!!

      Cumprimentos Lucas!!

      • Lucas Ottoni

        April 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        Valeu, Sergio! Nos vemos no BH e também no Facebook, hein! E um dia eu ainda espero conhecer Portugal, já está na minha lista. Abraços!

    • Gerardito

      April 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Venezuela here! Go Greivis!!

      Funny Lucas, I’m traveling to BH next week. (All work, no fun…)

      • Lucas Ottoni

        April 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        Gerardito, BH mean BRAZILIAN HORNET (http://brazilianhornet.wordpress.com/). Isn’t Belo Horizonte. I’m from Rio de Janeiro. If you come by, let me know. We can have a beer and talk about the Hornets in Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra da Tijuca… You are invited!


        You will see Greivis in the Venezuela’s Pre Olympic Tournament? Tell him that the Brazilian fans love him.


  7. berlin-hornets

    April 27, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Germany in the house, too! 😉 I’ll keep on cjecking the site daily. The highlite of my week is always monday – because that’s when I can listen to your podcast. You guys do an amazing job with that.
    I am really curious anout this off-season. And there is so much to look forward to: rebrand discussion, Aminu, Vasquez and Ayon in the Olympics (when’s the last we could follow and root for four teams in the Olympics?) and the draft.
    Thanks guys for all you are doing!

  8. nikkoewan

    April 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Philippines represent! Thanks to the H247 for a job well done this year (even in such a up-and-down season). Rest assured, I will always support the team!

    GEAUX HORNETS!! Anthony Davis, here he comes!!

  9. Big Easy

    April 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Why is Henry not playing ?

    • Carpo

      April 28, 2012 at 5:02 am

      He’s a 2 guard with offensive ability

  10. Mr. West

    April 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Thanks to everyone of you guys for the work you put into keeping us informed through the season. I would thank you all individually, but wont out of fear that I would forget one of you guys that deserves credit, so I’ll say this… Cheers to better news to report next year guys.

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