Well here it finally is, opening day and the Hornets finally get to play a meaninful game, and this one will be against the Milwaukee Bucks a playoff team with a lot of firepower.
So what should we look for win or lose?
- What will be the Hornets rotation?
If there’s one thing I’m not looking forward to it’s what our rotation will be. We all watched the Heat yesterday have trouble figuring out who should be on the floor and for how long, and they are supposed to be contenders! Granted they had the much tougher Celtics, it’s important the Hornets and Monty Williams find a good rotation and stick to it.
Pre-season was very disorganised in terms of rotations and the first thing the first year head coach needs to do is decide who fits in best with who or else it’ll be a long day.
- How is the Hornets interior defense looking?
I think this one will be answered literally within the first 30 seconds. Usually teams dribble it up pass the ball around and find an easy cutter who lays it in. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen, but we haven’t seen a stingy defense since the 07-08 season.
- Can Chris Paul be dominant?
Again this is pretty simple, but sometimes CP has a tendency to not kick it into gear until the 3rd or 4th quarter. Not that I’m complaining, the dude just needs to get his team-mates going by shedding some of his dominance on to them.
- Can we shut down/limit Bogut?
I rate Andrew Bogut to be one of the best centers in the entire league. His offensive game is so good, he’s got a post game, can space the floor a little and can shoot free-throws at a decent clip. His defense though has come on leaps and bounds. He can block shots and the post defense we saw from him last year was much better than many expected. Sure he’s coming back from a severe injury, but I don’t think that’ll slow him down one bit.
Hopefully Okafor and Mbenga can do the best to limit him, though I’m not entirely sure.
- What’s the bench like?
We have some firepower, albeit mostly guard orientated. It’s going to be enjoyable or frustrating to see how Bayless and Thornton co-exist. In fact it’ll be interesting to see which of them gets more gametime because I’m sure Willie Green will steal some of the minutes, no matter how stupid that may seem, it’s going to happen…