Today’s game was over by the half, it seems that every other player on the Hornets roster has no interest in stepping up and helping Chris Paul and David West. The Lakers on the other hand were red-hot getting pretty much everything. I do mean that in the literal sense as the first half had L.A. converting on 74 percent of their shots, ridiculous. Some of that is down to the Lakers just hitting their shots, but the New Orleans defense was quite abysmal. They could not contain the length and height of L.A. getting out rebounded, out hustled and out played.
Chris Paul did his best to keep the Hornets head above water but it was all for nothing. Marco Belinelli did his best to drown the Hornets and their hopes of every playing 48 minutes of decent basketball. The lack of a third option is killing New Orleans and it showed tonight.
Props to the Lakers, I guess, but New Orleans really is a terrible outfit so don’t take this to be a big win for you.
- Chris Paul really tried out there, he usually has great games against Derek Fisher and it showed tonight as he put up20, 7, 3 and 3. It’s a shame really that his team-mates can’t handle the on-ball pressure the Lakers were showing because CP would have received a lot more assists if they were to convert.
- The Crowd was really the only other good thing tonight (18,000+). It was a sell-out but I don’t expect to see to many of those in the future. Also it was nice to see David West return from a sprained ankle in the first half, it looked awful.
- Trevor Ariza provided nothing of value tonight. I can’t say I’m all that surprised he rarely does. Ron Artest at times was beating him off the dribble, so that’s embarrassing. He had a nice couple of assists in the first 2 minutes but that was as good as it got. He can’t drive with any certainty or controlled aggressiveness, he can’t shoot worth a dime, he truly is killing this team and its fan-base.
- Marco Belinelli was the second person to step up and offer a brick clinic. He constantly missed shots he should have hit and his drives are always out of control. It seems that both he and Ariza don’t know if the shot they take is the right one. It is that passiveness and tentativeness that is killing this team.
- D.J. Mbenga is nothing but a liability out there.
- The interior defense was abysmal. It wasn’t just that Los Angeles was shooting the ball at an amazing clip, it was that they were doing so from both the interior and exterior. Our defense has disappeared.
- We keep losing to everyone, Minnesota, Los Angeles and everyone in between.
Well next up is Orlando I think, not real sure about that one, but check it up in the schedule section above. Your final score is 103-88. Have a Happy New Year everyone, don’t drink to much to drown your sorrows!
Final Word: Embarrassed