Today’s Sarcramento game was probably the worst display of offensive basketball I’ve seen since my high school days. Going into the game the Sacramento Kings were one of the worst defensive teams in the league and yet the Hornets stilled struggled. However good teams just find ways to win and it was exactly that as David West knocked down two big jumpers down the stretch and grabbed an all important offensive rebound.
With this game the Hornets have improved to 11-1 mainly through their much improved defensive play. Tonight though no one seemed to have it going other than Trevor Ariza and hopefully they can get their game face on for the Clippers tomorrow night.
Anyway with that let’s hit the jump for some quick notes on the game that was.
The Good Stuff:
- The defensive play of the entire team really kept us in this one. New Orleans forced 24 turnovers on the Kings and used that to get out and get some easier baskets. If the Hornets don’t play defense tonight things get really ugly. I also guess you have to say the Kings were missing some shots, but for the most part it was just the Hornets doing a better job at taking the ball away from them.
- Have to give a shout-out to Trevor Ariza tonight. Most recaps he’s usually mentioned in the negative but tonight he really kept us going along finishing with a quiet 16 points on 9 shots.
- David West‘s defense has stabilized over the first 12 games of the season. I’m not going to say it’s improved because, well it hasn’t but the guy is playing within the system. Tonight he hit some money shots down the stretch and somehow he finished up with 17 points, how did that happen?
- Jason Smith kept us in the game, he hit some shots and rebounded the ball to give the second-unit some life, well done J-Smith.
- Chris Paul didn’t have the offensive game he would’ve liked but he did a decent job of getting his teammates involved, 14 assists on 2 turnovers with 5 steals, I’ll take that.
The Bad Stuff:
- Willie Green. Even when the guy is hitting shots you still question his decision to shot it. Tonight Willie consistently pulled the trigger and failed just as many times. Not only that but his willingness to ignore his team-mates is frustrating the living hell out of me. Everyone has been harping on about his nice play and all this, but the truth is he’s just been hitting his jumpers. The moment he started to miss them was the moment we realised that he’s not that good a player. He ignored Marcus Thornton and Quincy Pondexter, two guys I’d much rather have taking shots.
- Emeka Okafor had a shocker, he got blocked numerous times looking for his shots and from that he even missed some chippy’s. He’s got the right mentality but he’s just got to finish better around the rim.
- The team was off tonight, must shoot better tomorrow night if we’re to take advantage of a down Clippers team that isn’t much good at defense.
Other Outrageous Observations
- Willie Green…Ugh…
Tomorrow night we travel to the magical city known as Los Angeles and there we will play the Clippers. And with that let me show you a little piece about the Clippers nation that many people might not know…
Oh before that…
Final Word: Hideous