Welcome to the Hornets recap lounge. It’s a little quiet in here tonight after tonight’s 107-88 loss to the New York Knicks, but we’re still open and dedicated to providing you the great Hornets’ coverage you deserve–assuming you’re into that whole enjoying disappointment thing. This was the third ugly loss in a row for the Hornets. Really, what do you say after a game like this?
The Hornets kept the game close for the first quarter and a half. They didn’t look sharp but at least they were in the game. Then, the team from last night appeared, the Knicks took a 10 point lead and the game was over at the half. I said in my preview that the Hornets needed to focus. They didn’t, allowing the Knicks to shoot 54.5% from the field and 45.5% from deep (10 made 3-pointers). The Hornets are now 1-12 in games when their opponent makes 10 or more 3′s. The team is now only 7 games over .500 even though there have been winning streaks of 8 and 10 games. Like I said, tough loss. I’m not going to talk about Chris Paul much in this recap because I will have a more in-depth post on him later tonight. Let’s do this…
The Hans Gruber Villain of the Game Award
This was a tough one. CP3 won last night and while he did have a very poor game it would not be fair to pin this all on him. So welcome to the club…Every Hornet player not named David West, Jarrett Jack or Quincy Pondexter. This was a terrible team performance. Man, I really HATE giving this award to Hornets players.
-The Knicks had 18 fast break points to the Hornets 5. The team need to stop letting their opponent dictate the tempo of the game. Monty Williams’ team is not built to win in a shootout. Controlling the pace of the game needs to be focused on going forward.
-Remember how well our bench played last night? That may have been a fluke. It took until 6:24 left in the 3rd quarter for a second bench player to score. David Andersen, Marco Belinelli, Aaron Gray, Carl Landry and Jason Smith combined for 13 points.
-Emeka Okafor looked great in the first quarter. Paul was looking for him often, he was setting screens and rolling off them to the basket. Then he vanished. He made all three of his field goals in the first quarter.
-I love Carmelo Anthony. He strength is tremendous when he drives to the rim.
-Jarrett Jack continues to surprise. 21 points on 13 shots, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. I enjoy the fact that the Hornets were getting blown out and he kept trying.
-Quincy Pondexter did a great job attacking the rim and getting to the foul line. His dunk with 7:40 left in the 4th quarter even got the MSG crowd cheering.
-Marco Belinelli was the only Hornet to finish with a positive +/- and it was only +3. Paul was -19 on the night. Worst on the team. Ew.
-Normally a great defensive rebounding team, the Hornets only grabbed 71.5% of the Knicks’ misses.
Just an overall bad game. Let’s shake this one off and focus on Memphis on Friday.
This is to get you in the Mardi Gras mood in case you cannot join us down here.