The Hive Five: Game Forty-Four

WORDS: || AP (through NBA.com) || Five Observations ||

NUMBERS: || Box Score || Shot Chart || Play-by-Play ||

VIDEOS: || ESPN || Yahoo! || NBA.com ||

I thought this game would be a lot tougher than the Spurs game just because the Nuggets are so physical inside with so much depth. One more 24 point win later, I don’t know what to say. What can you say? I’m just going to enjoy this, a team that’s easily turning into the franchise’s best ever.

 

“Blargh! Great misfortune in the near future? That palm-reader was right!”

Minus Carmelo, Denver had really no chance against a red hot Hornets squad. One negative I’d take away from this game to build on- early in the first, Denver effectively guarded David West with Anthony Carter. That’s something that should not be happening, and it occurred mostly because Paul (and thus, his own man) got too close to West before feeding it in to him. Look for that to change against Golden State, a team that likes to try out odd matchups all over the floor. A lot of turnovers early had me feeling nervous, but I probably shouldn’t have been. The Hornets had combined for just 14 in their last two games, and had 8 in first 8 minutes… Hilarious to see the reaction JR Smith received when he hit that first three, not so hilarious to see that hard foul he took. One thing I definitely miss is the high flying of JR and Desmond Mason, although I don’t mind their replacements. And how about Peja heating up just in time for this upcoming tough stretch? Great stuff. One very disturbing part of this recent run, though, has been the play of Morris Peterson. Not only has he not been playing well, he’s just looked out of sorts all over the place. Case in point: he had a weirdo offensive foul called on him for kicking out his legs blatantly, and travelled right underneath the hoop. Pargo’s been playing way, way better than him.

 

 

Pace

Eff

eFG

FT/FG

OREB%

TOr

DEN

97.0

95.9

47.6%

18.3

18.6

19.6

NOR

 

120.6

54.5%

22.5

40.5

16.5

1. Shooting () CP had yet another off night shooting (how scary is it for other teams that we’ve won 9 in a row without Chris shooting the ball well at all during that stretch?). Still, he had 17 assists, his 9th straight double digit assist night. Stojakovic scored 19 on just 12 shots, West 13 on 10, and Chandler 10 off 5.

2. Turnovers () The Hornets’ worst ball-control game in a while, but this could have been a whole lot worse. As I mentioned earlier, they had 8 through the first 8 minutes alone, but they calmed down to have just 7 the rest of the 40 minutes. Denver struggled to take care of the ball; the best thing the Hornets did was slap at the ball following Nugget D-boards. That was obviously exemplified by CP’s steal/assist to Melvin Ely.

3. Offensive Rebounding (√√) Double green checks! 40.5 OREB% against Denver? Granted, no Nene in this one, but Tyson Chandler ate Marcus Camby alive. Ever since his not so spectacular game against Bynum, a little of his boarding luster had worn off, but he was brilliant tonight against the Martin/Camby duo despite having to pull down some tough boards.

4. Free Throws () Iverson got to the line just 6 times, while Paul went 8 times himself (connecting on all 8). This was as complete a game as the Hornets have had all year, winning the eFG%, Tor, OREB%, and FT% battles.

5. Pace (97) Denver stunningly did a great job trying to take the pace away from New Orleans. Then again, the second unit for us really pushed the ball up and down the court for whatever reason. The 15,000+ crowd was awesome to see; even cooler were the MVP chants for Chris Paul. Yeah, he may have gotten a total of about 3 all-star votes, but it’s nice to see his own fans starting to give him some recognition. AI may be starting the All-Star game, but CP3 proved tonight that he’s way, way better (as if we needed any proof).

WORDS: || AP (through NBA.com) || Five Observations ||

NUMBERS: || Box Score || Shot Chart || Play-by-Play ||

VIDEOS: || ESPN || Yahoo! || NBA.com ||

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5 Responses

  1. I can’t get mad at Mo-Pete. I just want him to play solid defense every night and if he can hit a few shots at the other end I consider it a bonus. He did a decent job on Iverson last night, but the foul trouble knocked him off. All in all, I think he’s a much better fit with this team than Desmond Mason would be.

  2. To be fair, you’re right, Mo-Pete was in foul trouble last night. But I’d really like to see Byron Scott get him involved in the offense beyond just making Paul find him for threes. He obviously isn’t the greatest off the dribble, but a few cuts here and there to the rim couldn’t hurt. But the real question is, if we just need him to be a role player on offense and above average defensively, why did we sign him to such a big contract? I mean, couldn’t we have found a cheaper option? I really think Julian Wright, with some work, could be way, way better on defense.

  3. […] entersandman wrote a fantastic post today on “The Hive Five: Game Forty-Four”Here’s ONLY a quick extractGranted, no Nene in this one, but Tyson Chandler ate Marcus Camby alive. Ever since his not so spectacular game against Bynum, a little of his boarding luster had worn off, but he was brilliant tonight against the Martin/Camby duo … […]

  4. I defended mo Pete over at 247. 🙂 And a mid-level contract isn’t that big in the greater scheme of things. By definition, it’s the average salary of an NBA player.

  5. Great post. I never really thought of it in terms of the “5th option,” and in that sense you’re right. Do we really have him for the mid-level?? I never knew that..

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