Another layup shows the inconsistencies in the Hornets defense as they have up 37 fourth quarter points

Spurs-Hornets: New Orleans Lose First Game At Home

Hot shooting was not enough to save the Hornets and it’s an all to familiar trend of first quarter offense followed by bricked shots and porous defense as they lose 109-95. It’s a trend that I do not like one bit. New Orleans has a tendency to take the foot off the gas and shoot multiple contested jumpshots. It is a product of lack of off-ball movement combined with complacency and a drop-off  of intensity.

The Spurs made a conscious decision in the second half to deny the ball on the wing and drive at will to the basket on the offensive end. It was a simple formula they were able to execute with ease. It was evident in the fact the Hornets had 0 free throw attempts in the 3rd quarter, inexcusable .

48 minutes of basketball guys, simple enough really.

Good Stuff:

  • Really the entire first quarter was beautiful to watch every aspect was clicking and it’s the Hornets team we love to watch. David West and Emeka Okafor had it going on down low and they were able to get to the free-throw line as well.
  • Willie Green did well to add spark off the bench as his second quarter effort was decent enough to warrant a “good” tagline.
  • Marcus Thornton saw significant playing time today and that’s a pleasure to see. What isn’t a pleasure to see is his attempt at defense. He looks very lost out there and really has a tough time keeping his man in front of him. It’s a long process and I am willing to wait.

Bad Stuff:

  • I won’t delve into to much depth as I already have outline the reasons we lost above but I think the lack of focus can be attributed to terrible production from the backcourt. Now I’m not one to draw Chris Paul out to often, but today he would constantly have an easy lane for the score, floater or jumper and he’d jump up in the air looking to pass and he’d turn it over or pass it off for the reset. He’s trying to get his team-mates involved and that’s all well and good, but he needs to score for us.
  • Poor coaching job by Monty Williams not preparing for a resurgent Spurs team that would come out aggressive at halftime.

Other Observations:

  • My Atlanta Falcons won and are 9-2 so I’m not in my usual angry mood after a loss and congratulations to all the Saints fans as well, you’re making it one interesting race for the NFC South title!

Next up is the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night at 8pm ET. Really need to get a win against them to make up for this sour one and hopefully we can do just that, but still I remain pessimistic about it. I remind myself it is an 82 game season!

Final Word: Complacency

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Tags: Chris Paul David West Emeka Okafor Marcus Thornton New Orleans Hornets San Antonio Spurs Willie Green

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