Game On: Jazz at Hornets

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Published: November 2, 2012

The 1-0 Utah Jazz come to town to try to keep the Gordonless Hornets winless.

The 0-1 New Orleans Hornets got some definition to their indefinite absence of guard Eric Gordon: 4-6 weeks. So, the team that plays tonight will be much as Hornets fans saw in Wednesday loss to the Spurs. No fear of Anthony Davis missing time. Jim Eichenhofer pass along the following from Monty about the rookie: “He’s a pain on the bench when he wants to get back in the game. I’m like, ‘Dude, sit down!’ You love that about him.”

Nice.

Per Grayson’s scouting report, the Jazz front court could match or better that of the Hornets. The backcourts don’t even compare.

This may not be nice.

To win this game, the Hornets will need to be clicking like they were in their emotional opener. There’s no Tim Duncan in the frontcourt, so the Hornets have to best that of the Jazz, without question. This is because they will get eaten up in the backcourt. The balance has to be made up by the bigs.

The Hornets may get a boost from Al-Farouq Aminu if they can manage to run. That’s a big if, but it happened enough Monday to keep the Hornets in the game, and leading for significant portions.

Lastly, as always, the team has to limit turnovers. They are the lesser team. They can’t give the better team extra possessions at the expense of their own.

14 comments
Ron
Ron

This is an interesting article. Although the stated purpose is how to get the Jazz into the playoffs, they do it by making predictions in 10 game increments. http://saltcityhoops.com/2012/10/2012-13-jazz-season-predictions/ Maybe "you" could do something similar for the Bees.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Well, we did have the season preview and the guys look at the week ahead on the podcast. We'll take a look at it. You got any notes? Particulars you like other than the 10-game idea?

Durtcizzle
Durtcizzle

WOW! That's why I love this team. Regardless of the situation, we fight on! Congrats!

Ron
Ron

Yay!!!!!!

Ron
Ron

Middle of 4th Q and AD on bench, having only played 14:25. Was he injured?

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Blow to the head. Questions about concussion.

Ron
Ron

Ron, you are not a real fan. Kidding. No, you're correct: I'm not a Hornets or basketball fanatic. (I remembered, though, to follow it on Yahoo sports gamecast starting at halftime, well before I remembered about radio...)

Ron
Ron

Thanks. I was busy with work and forgot that it was on the radio. Just heard "them" say that the docs "aren't satisfied" with something regarding the concussion tests.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Ron, you are not a real fan. Kidding. I missed the yakking about it. I had to write Mike to get the scoop.

WhoDat--WeDat
WhoDat--WeDat

Man, I'm loving Ryan Anderson's game! He is going to be a fan favorite this year for sure.

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