The Hive Five: Game Twenty-Six

Right from the get-go, it was obvious. Seattle wasn’t stopping Chris Paul in this one. Paul was thoroughly dominant, making a 15 dime performance look very, very easy. Mo-Pete was on fire as well, after his ice cold game against Portland. He knocked down 7 triples tonight, and David West continued to silently assassinate with 17.

 

 

Pace

Eff

eFG

FT/FG

OREB%

TOr

NOR

92.0

116.3

55.3%

3.2

31.8

12.0

SEA

 

101.1

45.3%

18.8

36.4

18.5

1. Shooting () Outstanding shooting, highlighted by Peterson’s 7-10 night from beyond. The Hornets are making a habit of destroying weak teams; most of the shooting success tonight has to be attributed to CP3, who was just unguardable.

2. Turnovers () It’s Great return to good ball control tonight, while New O forced its fair share of turnovers. David West had 3 turns tonight, including a couple offensive fouls.

3. Offensive Rebounding (X) TC had his second straight beastly performance on the glass. Shockingly though, Seattle did a great job on the offensive glass as well, led by Damien Wilkins’ 5 OREBs and Nick Collison’s 4 off the bench.

4. Free Throws (X) The Hornets’ ugliest free throw/field goal ratio of the year. When you get  to the line 5 times against a 19 loss team, something is wrong. Even though, the Hornets shot a ton of jumpers tonight, they definitely could have initiated more contact in the paint.

5. Pace (92) After being subjected to the Hornets’ steady, rhythmic pace last time around, Seattle tried to push tonight with limited success. Paul weaved in and out of the lane at will, and subsequently changed the tempo at will as well.

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