Well, that didn’t go too good. It was definitely a shame that CP3 had to sit this one out; that frenzied comeback might have been fruitful with him on the floor. On top of all that, there was the scary moment for Tyson- no word on how soon he might return. The five factors tonight:
1. Shooting (X) Between the clutch shooting of Rashard Lewis and the 10-14 night of Dwight Howard, Orlando was pretty much unstoppable tonight as far as shooting went. New Orleans chose a bad night to go 4-17 from downtown, but Chris Paul sitting out didn’t help that much. With Tyson leaving, Hilton Armstrong simply couldn’t stop Dwight, but you can’t blame him too much for that.
2. Turnovers (√) This was the only factor the Hornets had a significant advantage in, and it was what kept this from being a lopsided Orlando victory. Orlando struggled to hold on to the basketball last season, and their problems carried over to today, with every starter but Bogans (who barely touched the ball) turning it over at least 3 times.
3. Offensive Rebounding (X)The Hornets were dominating on the O-glass until Tyson left; they did an awesome job limiting Dwight on the glass (3 O-boards), but nobody else was able to pick up the rebounding slack. A lackluster game on both sides as far as OREB was concerned.
4. Free Throws (X) Another game New Orleans didn’t get some tough calls, but it was a good sign that the Hornets were in traffic a lot tonight. Orlando, meanwhile got to the foul line and converted very well.
5. Pace (94) After about five games of very low pace, the Hornets were forced to run a bit tonight. With Chris Paul out, that certainly played to Orlando’s advantage.
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