The Hive Five: Game Forty-Two

Apparently Peja really likes to play L.A. teams.


“Apparently I really like to play L.A. teams.”

Just when I was about to go stark-raving mad about the Clippers going ahead of the Hornets to open the second half, everything just went wild. What’s better than 5 threes in three and a half minutes? Try 5 threes in a row in three and a half minutes. The look on Mobley’s face after Peja’s 5th trifecta said everything. How crazy has this last homestand been? New O is just playing ridiculous basketball right now; this is now 15 out of their last 17, and seven in a row. CP and David West combined to go 7-27 in this one, and we won by nineteen! The factors of a truly wacky game:

 

Pace

Eff

eFG

FT/FG

OREB%

TOr

LAC

89.0

103.4

48.1%

21.8

17.1

13.5

NOR

 

124.7

55.1%

14.6

32.6

12.4

1. Shooting () Really no answer for the long bomb tonight by the Clips- besides Peja’s triples, Rasual Butler knocked down 4, and Jannero Pargo had 2 of his own. The odd part was that the Hornets came out firing, following a timeout, something you won’t see very often. Normally, coaches draw up sure-fire plays coming off of time stoppages, to try to swing the momentum. So this was definitely a gutsy call by Byron Scott, but also a call that surely paid off. The funniest part of the game was when Stojakovic (having hit 5 straight threes) ran around a double screen, came to the wing, and held up his hand expectantly towards the corner, where he thought Chris Paul was. Where was Paul at that point? Watching Pargo swish a wide open three of his own.

2. Turnovers () Zero ball-handling errors for Chris Paul, and his games with a steal streak stretched to 40. However, he definitely has fallen off the 3 steal a game pace, putting his first in history 20-10-3 season pace in some jeopardy. He seems to be making a lot of tips on passes that he doesn’t necessarily get to, but his teammates do. Maybe they should make up a new stat… the “steal assist.”

3. Offensive Rebounding () Even with a solid night from Chris Kaman (board-wise), the Clips just got pounded on the O-Glass. And it wasn’t a Tyson one-man show (well, at least not as much as other nights), with every starter getting at least one O-board, and Butler getting 2 off the bench.

4. Free Throws (X) Eh, Maggette got to the line a ton, but it was well-deserved. West was pretty much the only Hornets that got to the line consistently tonight, but free-throws really didn’t affect the outcome all that much.

5. Pace (89) A little faster pace than the Portland game, but same result. Both teams did a great job taking care of the ball, and both teams also shot very well from the floor; overall, it was a very fun and disciplined game to watch. This 5 game homestand, sadly, has come to an end- but it’s provided a great springboard into tough games against San Antonio, Denver, and Golden State. And while we may have won these five handily, those next three will be the ones we’re judged by.

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