9-2!! The Hornets kept their awesome start going last night with a win over the hapless T-Wolves. This was just a really clean, precise game by New Orleans, and it was great to see them dismiss a lowly team with such ease; Pargo played an outstanding game in the absence of Chris Paul, who’ll hopefully return for the big Orlando showdown. A quick look at the five factors:
1. Shooting (√) New Orleans continued to be one of the best shooting teams in the Association, with yet another top notch performance. Minnesota struggled with its shot at times, as the Hornets’ defense continues to prove that it ranks among the league’s best.
2. Turnovers (√) Chris Paul sat this one out, but the Hornets came up with their best ball-control of the season. After Paul had 5 turnovers in each of the last 2 games, the Hornets had a combined 4 turnovers in this one. Credit Jannero Pargo for stepping in and not missing a beat.
3. Offensive Rebounding (X) The OREB was certainly there for the Hornets tonight, but they get an X on this factor for the OREB they allowed to Minnesota. This makes two games now that the defensive rebounding hasn’t been equal to the offensive rebounding. But a lot of credit for that should go to Minnesota’s Al Jefferson who did an awesome job boxing out.
4. Free Throws (X) The Hornets didn’t get to the line much last night, but with their hot shooting, it didn’t matter much. Interestingly, not a single game this year has been decided by this fourth factor.
5. Pace (79) Man, this game was almost 10 possessions slower in terms of pace factor than the Spurs average pace last season. That should tell you something. And more importantly, it should imply fresh legs for the Orlando game.
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