Hornets Lose to Heat by 16 After Poor Second Quarter
The New Orleans Hornets fall to 5-14, 1-3 on the week, after a 16 point loss to Miami after being outscored by 18 in the second quarter.
The Hornets managed to keep the Heat from taking advantage of poor three point defense, but the Hornets also failed to take advantage of the same weakness of the Heat. This was in part due to Anderson having to sit for most of the second quarter due to foul trouble after missing half of the first quarter for the same reason. The forward was the Hornets’ leading scorer (24) in just 30 minutes of action, matching the output of LeBron James and falling two shy of Dwyane Wade’s game leading output.
No Hornets guard got into double figures, and Lopez’s 20 points could not help overcome the difference in output by the wings. Still, the Hornets did manage their small victory, not inviting a beating from behind the arc for the second time in as many nights.
Still, the team is so thin and the skills are so concentrated (e.g. Anderson has taken over 40% of the team’s three point attempts.), that someone being actually or figuratively removed from the game while Gordon and Davis sit is irrecoverable, and the second quarter performance is evidence of this. Tonight, Anderson’s actual absence broke the Hornets.
Beyond this, turnovers were an issue. Though the Hornets committed only three more turnovers than the Heat, the Heat scored 22 of the 19 Hornets turnovers while the Hornets scored only 9 points of the 16 chances the took from the Heat. This disparity is also reflected in the 3-14 difference in fast break points.
Grayson called this by 19; close. He also called Lopez having a better game than Bosh. Another solid prediction.
The product on the floor can at times look pretty bad. However keep in mind that the Hornets have played the toughest schedule so far in the NBA. EG has missed every game and AD has missed 13 games. We are only 19 games into the 1st year of a rebuilding program. AD may be back this coming week. EG, who knows, maybe early January (although I'm not holding my breath). The schedule will get easier, starting in late December. We will still lose lots of games but this does have a positive aspect - a high lottery pick. This team needs another high draft choice. Next year they will have some cap space to look for a veteran free agent(s). Everyone needs to look at the big picture. No doubt there are problems such as walk-up attendence, but this is due to the time of the year and the best players being injured. Benson changing the name to the Pelicans (or maybe something else) is his way of making a break with the past and starting anew. We can argue that Pelicans is not the best name choice for a basketball team but Benson paid the money and it's his call. All and all things could be worst. The biggest unknown going forward is EG. Can he play? Does he want to play? Will he need microfracture surgery? Once we know how EG's situation plays out, then we can continue to plan for the future.
"The Hornets managed to keep the Heat from taking advantage of poor three point defense".. I'm not sure I would call allowing 7 for 11 on 3s as keeping the Heat from taking advantage of poor three point defense. The Heat shot a ridiculous 58% overall, so there seemed no real need to jack up the 3s since plenty of other things were working. But when they did jack them up, the 3s almost always went in. This comes after we allowed 47% on 3s against the Grizz. If anything, our 3-point defense seems to be getting worse.
I came away from this game feeling strangely positive. I feel like our Hornets(Pelicans) could be the Heat's weakness even without Eric Gordon as long as we have Anthony Davis. Our bigmen will be too much for them. Also, my phrase for the Pelicans will be "DEM PELICANS!" and after reading that Deadspin article I'm all in on the name. Besides, Michael is right, the team's performance makes the name and we should be one of the more dominant teams in a few years. Geaux Hornet... for now.
Instead of worrying about this ridiculous thing of Pelicans, the Hornets' front office should take care of what really matters: to build a basketball team that has a minimal decency, but what we see on the court is the opposite. A lot of bad players that only bring us shame every night. We built a terrible team and... what is the biggest concern? Rebrand? Pelican? Seriously? It's almost unbelievable! While we sit there thinking about the future, future, future... teams were worse that ours, as Pacers, Sixers, Grizzlies, Warriors... already left us behind! And now until the Bobcats built a team more decent than ours. But our chiefs are concerned about the Pelican... Can you believe it? It's very amateurish! Tonight we lost to Heat... What will be the next lucky team? Let's see... Washington Wizards! That's all so sad...