The game didn’t start out well for the Hornets, a quick 5-0 spurt from the Phoenix Suns had them on the back foot. It wasn’t to be the story of the game. Chris Paul took the responsibility on himself when David West decided not to turn up. He dropped 20 points in the first half alone. He did it in a variety of ways getting to the basket, shooting jumpshots, hitting three’s and setting up his team-mates with beautiful passes.
The second half was a different story, the Hornets came out ran the score up to 19, then forgot there are four-periods in an NBA game. The bench that played so well in the first half switched off their intensity as Jared Dudley single-handedly took over. Every three he shot, make, every drive, layup. I can’t say that this was all Dudley, this was the bench dropping off their focus because they thought they had it in the bag. For a team that prides themselves on, “blue-collar mentality,” they sure didn’t act like it.
The starts came back in and kept the Suns at bay despite them running up the three-pointers. The offense down the stretch was questionable at times as CP would pass to Willie Green who would set it up. I know we still won, but Paul needs the ball in his hands for the last two minutes and I don’t want Willie Green taking three’s (Marco Belinelli?).