The Hornets face numerous playoff teams above and below them in their final 13 games of the regular season, the first of these they crumbled. It’s been established that the identity of New Orleans is a defensive juggernaut that losses by their offense. Emeka Okafor has no interest in continuing that trend fouling early and often to ensure he sits on the bench. The Hornet were out-rebounded 43-31 which was key to losing this game, any stop Denver had they made sure they got the board, outlet pass and jacked up the three pointer.
Denver was on fire. The Hornets meanwhile had no interest in changing circumstances. In the first half the Nuggets shot the three and dunked the ball, no in between. Thank Emeka Okafor for that.
David West didn’t help matter going 2 of 9 and scoring a measly 6 points, not going to help brother.
There’s not much more I can say, the Nuggets were on fire (17 three pointers, you’ll never win if the opponent has that many) and we didn’t care to play a lick of defense.
- The Box score says Chris Paul had a nice game, 27 points on 16 shots, 10 assists on 2 turnovers, 7 steals and 5 rebounds. But outside of being pesky on defense he had a hard time closing out on the shooting point guards. That’s all Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton do, shoot three pointers, stop that please.
- Willie Green the only other Hornet to post decent statistics, how did he get 3, 3-pointers?
- Emeka Okafor
- The defense
- Coaching staff
Next up is Phoenix, have a good night y’all.
Final Word: Lackadaisical