New Orleans Hornets
For the first time since Monty Williams became head coach, the New Orleans Hornets have given up at least 100 points in five straight games. Although the Hornets lost their fifth straight, tonight’s loss to the Indiana Pacers saw New Orleans give a much better effort. New Orleans lost to the Pacers in OT, 115-107.
Considering New Orleans was without Anthony Davis, I can’t help but feel good about the team’s effort against the Pacers. New Orleans scored 97 points in regulation and the Pacers only out-rebounded the Hornets 49-48. But without Davis, Pacers C Roy Hibbert notched a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots.
The good news concerning Anthony Davis is that he accompanied the Hornets on their road trip. Davis is still receiving intense treatment on his stress reaction, but it can’t be too serious if he’s traveling with the team. I haven’t seen Eric Gordon at a Hornets’ game since he got booed out of the New Orleans Arena on opening night.
It’s really hard to find fault with any aspect of the Hornets’ game against the Pacers. In fact, the only reason New Orleans lost was that Pacers F Paul George went into a zone that few players ever find. George, who only had four points at halftime, finished with 37 points on 9-13 shooting from behind the arc.
Lately, the Hornets guards have had trouble defending tall perimeter shooters. But even bad defense rarely results in 9-13 shooting on three-pointers. The good news is that New Orleans found offense without its two best players and the Hornets held the Pacers under 100 points in regulation. As long as the young Hornets keep fighting, I’ll be happy.
Since he is traveling with the Hornets on their road trip, there is at least a chance that Anthony Davis could play in one of the next three games. However, I expect New Orleans to continue to exercise caution with the franchise’s future. After a day off on Thanksgiving, New Orleans will face the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
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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