New Orleans Hornets to Face Los Angeles Lakers in Round One

Published: April 14, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets will face the Los Angeles Lakers in round one of the NBA playoffs after losing to the Mavericks Wednesday night. The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Clippers despite a late comeback, and ended up in the eight seed as a result. They will face the top-ranked San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

There was a distinct chance that the Hornets would face Dallas, but despite a 20-point comeback in the fourth quarter, the Sacramento Kings  were unable to hold onto a late lead over the Lakers. Ex-Hornet Marcus Thornton had an opportunity to hand the Lakers a loss in the closing seconds, and the Hornets a first round matchup with Dallas in the process, but he was shut down by the Black Mamba and wasn’t able to get a clean shot off.

Early Notes

  • The Lakers were widely viewed as the worst potential first round opponent for the Hornets due to their deep, sizable front court.
  • The Hornets lost all four games to the Lakers this year, by an average of 10.7 points.
  • Against the Lakers this year, Chris Paul averaged 15 points on 56 percent shooting, and 10 assists vs 3 turnovers.

And can we all buy tickets for Hornets-Lakers and attend so that the damned arena isn’t half full of Lakers fans. Please?!?

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