The Hive Five: Game Nineteen

Man, it looked early like the Hornets could pull this one off, but that 26-11 lead was followed by Detroit outscoring us 80-50 the rest of the way. The Hornets played great D coming off the Dallas game, but Detroit was just too talented defensively; DX didn’t reach double figures for the first time this season (he finished with 9).

 

 

Pace

Eff

eFG

FT/FG

OREB%

TOr

DET

83.0

109.6

44.7%

17.6

27.7

8.4

NOR

 

91.6

37.3%

26.7

29.2

15.7

1. Shooting (X) Plain awful shooting, but a large part of that  was due to Detroit’s excellent defense. On the flip side, the Hornets did play very good defense themselves (but most of that was because of an amazing first quarter).

2. Turnovers (X) Detroit basketball at its finest again; the Pistons did an excellent job keeping the ball as opposed to the Hornets’ average turnover rate.

3. Offensive Rebounding () Great job here (against a frontline I think is pretty overrated at rebounding). The Hornets were able to get a fairly good percent of their misses back, but unfortunately, so was Detroit.

4. Free Throws () The Hornets did get to the line well today, but this had pretty much no effect on the outcome.

5. Pace (86) Definitely a Detroit dominated tempo tonight; the Hornets do play pretty slowly, but this was like running in mud with dumbbells strapped to their feet.

The lesson to take away from this game: good teams play 48 minutes. You might beat a Seattle by ripping them apart in the first quarter, but the only way you’ll beat a Detroit, San Antonio, et al. is by outplaying them for four quarters.

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