When the Hornets needed a leader, someone who could step up, take control and flip a game on its head there was not a single person in creole blue who would take such an opportunity. Chris Paul, for what it was, is no longer an elite NBA player. It’s a difficult pill to swallow but even when times are tough, those players relish the opportunity to face adversity head on. It’s not that he didn’t do his part, he had 13 assists. But I’ve said this numerous times over, that the Hornets cannot expect to win if CP doesn’t decide his scoring is more valuable than his passing.
The truth of the matter is that the days of Chris Paul consistently scoring 20-plus points a game are done. He just doesn’t seem to possess the explosiveness and overall desire to do such things. Okay, sure, his jump-shot wasn’t falling, but scorers don’t just shoot set, 18 footers. They look to attack, penetrate, get to any spot on the floor. CP does not.
All in all the Grizzlies thoroughly outplayed the Hornets. New Orleans doesn’t match up well with them, but it wasn’t so much the fact that Zach Randoplh had his way, it was that every other Memphis player did. Rebounding was awful for NOLA, even when the Grizzlies missed, they got the put-back with ease.
Don’t discount the referees though, they had the worst first-half of officiating that I have ever seen. I don’t mind it when they blow their whistles, it’s just the consistency was god awful. It’d be a foul for Memphis and a no call on the other end. Just plain awful. But all in all they’re not the reason New Orleans lost tonight.
Something was missing from New Orleans. A leader.
- Carl Landry continues to look for his paycheck getting ready to cash out. He had 19 points on 13 shots.
- Quincy Pondexter looked nice in limited action, hustling and showing passion that no other Hornet seemed to possess.
- Trevor Ariza hit two three’s…Yay….
- I’m not going to name name’s anymore, we already know that the Grizzlies wanted to win more. You could see it in their intensity and overall passion. New Orleans was taken back by this as if to say, “This isn’t the same Grizzlies team we faced.” No excuses on this one, Memphis were and are the better team.
Next up is the Indiana Pacers, they too are fighting to get into the playoffs. So expect them to show up…Hornets do get another crack at the Grizzlies, expect Memphis to walk straight to a win there too. What is killing us and why most Hornet fans are so emotional is the inconsistency. One night we get a tough, hard fought victory, the next, we get a team that is happy to lie down and just let the opposition walk all over them. What makes teams consistent is leaders. Men who can step up, take responsibility and never let it happen again. When a teams needs a defensive stop, the leader shows how it’s done. New Orleans doesn’t appear to have anyone who can do that, it’s just why David West was so valuable to this team.