New Orleans Hornets
The last time the New Orleans Hornets had a long layoff, they set a franchise record for the fewest points in a single game. With four days off since their last game, I had no idea what Hornets’ team would show up Wednesday night to face the Houston Rockets. After a dismal start, the Hornets stormed back late, but lost 100-96.
As one of the youngest teams in the NBA, I guess the Hornets don’t need rest like older teams. New Orleans prides itself on playing shutdown defense, but the Hornets allowed the Rockets to score 64 first half points. With Eric Gordon out of the lineup, New Orleans simply does not have the offensive firepower to win a shootout.
Playing on the road in Houston and facing a 21-point deficit, the Hornets had every excuse imaginable to just go through the motions in the second half against the Rockets. But Monty Williams’ teams always play hard and New Orleans somehow cut the deficit to only two points late in the second half.
It seems like every game, the Hornets have a new player step up. Tonight, point guard Greivis Vasquez single-handedly kept New Orleans in reach of the Rockets. In fact, Vasquez set an NBA career high with 24 points. He was perfect from the free throw line, made three of four three-point attempts, notched nine assists, and grabbed five rebounds.
As such a young team, I’m just going to have to get used to the up-and-down performances from the Hornets. New Orleans always gives 100 percent, so I don’t mind occasional bad games and shooting slumps. If this young team can grow up and somehow stay together, the Hornets should be serious playoff contenders in two or three years.
After falling short to the Rockets, New Orleans will have an opportunity to make a statement win on Friday night. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will visit New Orleans as the Hornets hope to regain a winning record. Then the following night, New Orleans goes back on the road to face the Milwaukee Bucks.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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