New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets suffered two big losses on Tuesday night, one on the court and one off it. The Hornets looked sluggish as they always do after multiple days off in losing to the New York Knicks 102-80. Perhaps an even bigger loss though was the stress reaction in the left ankle of Anthony Davis.
Although the Hornets have an identical winning percentage (.333) both with and without Anthony Davis, New Orleans clearly could have used its rookie sensation against the Knicks. In fact, the Knicks out-rebounded the Hornets 49-36 and it seemed even worse. Tyson Chandler had little resistance as he patrolled the lane against his former team.
The most disturbing part of this game is how easily the Knicks won. Defense and hustle have been hallmarks of the Hornets under Monty Williams. But I saw neither against the Knicks. New Orleans gave up at least 100 points for the fourth straight game. And the Hornets had no life whatsoever in the second half.
Besides the rebounding woes mentioned earlier, New Orleans had trouble defending the Knicks’ three-point shooters. Carmelo Anthony had it so easy in New Orleans that he couldn’t help but laugh and smile. Anthony scored 29 points for the Knicks, who shot 14-36 from behind the arc.
Going into this game, I felt like New Orleans had matchup advantages over the Knicks. Given their youth and the loss of Anthony Davis, I thought the Hornets would try to run the old Knicks right out of New Orleans. But the Hornets’ offense was stagnant, especially in the third quarter, which played right into the Knicks’ hands.
Although he is reportedly traveling with the Hornets on their road trip, I do not expect Anthony Davis to suit up for New Orleans tonight against the Indiana Pacers. David West is playing well for the Pacers, but Indiana is struggling almost as much as the Hornets are. At this point, I just want to see New Orleans get back to playing tough defense with energy on the offensive end. If that happens, the wins will come.
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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