Things are getting rough in New Orleans as the Hornets lost to the Golden State Warriors 102-89 on Tuesday night. Tonight, the Warriors dominated everywhere after the first quarter. In the opening period the Hornets came out hitting everything and things looked good. Then the teams played 3 more quarters. I’m a very optimistic person but this is starting to wear on me. I wish the All-Star break was tomorrow. Let’s do this…
Introducing the inaugural Hans Gruber (of Die Hard fame) Villian of the Game Award
Since it is award season this feels appropriate. So, let’s give a big round of applause to Stephen Curry! Thanks for not missing a shot the whole night. We Hornets fan greatly appreciate it (sacasm). Curry got into early foul trouble and spent a lot of the first half on the bench. This is probably one of the reasons that the Hornets actually had an early lead.
-Turnovers really killed the team tonight. Nine Hornets turned the ball over (15 total) which led to 19 fast break points. Against a team that likes to get out in transition and run the fast break ball security is very important.
-Marcus Thornton had one of those reckless road games of his. 1-6 shooting for a total of 4 points. He just goes full steam to the rim and doesn’t care if he is charging into three players. He really needs to learn how to finish better.
-Defensive rebounding continues to be a problem without Emeka Okafor. The Hornets had 25 tonight which is well below their season average and had only 10 in the first half. This allows easy kick-out passes to shooters (Stephen Curry, Dorell Wright, Monta Ellis) for open 3-pointers.
-10 3-pointers against the Hornets tonight. They have been getting murdered beyond the arc.
-Aaron Gray played very poorly tonight. He has absolutely no defensive awareness about what is happening on the floor. He also finished with a total of 4 rebounds. For a big man in what should be a semi-favorable matchup (David Lee doesn’t play defense) you have to step up. If he wants to prove he is a viable backup he needs to at least be efficient against teams like this.
-Marco Belinelli, Jarrett Jack, Willie Green, Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul all took more shots than David West who finished with 15 points on 7 shots. Do I need to explain why four of those players should not be taking more shots than DWest?
-Chris Paul looked good in the first quarter with his only miss on a shot as the clock wound down. He did have 10 assists but can’t keep going 4-12 if the Hornets want to get back to winning ways. The good news is that Paul didn’t wear a knee brace for the first time this season.
I’m hoping that the recent poor form from CP3 is just due to fatigue as Monty Williams has given him extended minutes the past handful of games. Before the season started Monty and Dell Demps wanted a solid backup to reduce Paul’s minutes. Jarrett Jack hasn’t played well and thus CP plays more. The All-Star break should provide him some much needed rest.
Let’s just tough out this next game, take a deep breath, maybe go see a movie, come back in a week or so, feel refreshed and be ready to see what the brace-less Chris Paul can do. I’ll see you all tomorrow.