The Hive Five: Game Twenty-Five

This one was winnable until the very end, when the Hornets uncharacteristically went ice cold. Nevertheless, Portland did prove that its now 8 game streak is no fluke, matching New O quarter after quarter. The real killer was Brandon Roy, who dropped a very efficient 24.

 

Pace

Eff

eFG

FT/FG

OREB%

TOr

NOR

80.0

95.0

43.4%

13.2

42.9

17.5

POR

 

110.0

46.2%

19.0

29.3

12.5

1. Shooting (X) The shooting went deadly cold at exactly the wrong time; if Mo-Pete just hits a couple of those wide open looks from three-land, the Hornets are victorious. Nevertheless, the Hornets put up their second straight poor shooting performance against Portland, this time sans Peja.

2. Turnovers (X) It’s unusual to see such a young team take care of the ball so well, but that’s exactly what Portland did. While CP3 did have his customary three steals, Portland starters only turned it over 4 times. D-West continued his troubling turnover trend, losing it four times himself.

3. Offensive Rebounding () New O had its best offensive rebounding night of the year, as Chandler pulled down 12(!!!) by himself. Outstanding effort by TC, but David West wasn’t too active on the glass tonight (especially defensively).

4. Free Throws (X) Not a lot to say here, other than the Hornets need to get to the line more. Had they gotten to the stripe tonight, this game could have been theirs, poor shooting or not.

5. Pace (80) Portland succumbed to the Hornets’ slow and steady pace early, but impressively outplayed the Hornets at their own game. Great half court sets enabled them to get huge buckets down the stretch.

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