New Orleans Hornets
Friday night’s game in the Hive points out exactly why I love the New Orleans Hornets so much. With Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis out, the Hornets somehow defeated the Utah Jazz 88-86. Other Hornets stepped up and gave maximum effort, just like Monty Williams’ team always does.
This is going to be a positive, upbeat article, so I won’t belabor the Eric Gordon situation. But Gordon’s inability to contribute to the Hornets is in stark contrast to how hard everyone else plays. Unfortunately, a freak injury to Anthony Davis in the first half made the Hornets’ win against the Jazz all the more improbable.
Fellow New Orleans rookie Austin Rivers went up for a rebound and accidentally hit Anthony Davis in the temple. According to Jennifer Hale, Hornets’ medical staff tested Davis for a concussion and the early results were not favorable. At this point, all we can do is hope this is a temporary problem and not a Sidney Crosby situation.
But in the absence of Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez stepped up with the kind of game I didn’t know he was capable of. The book on Lopez with the Phoenix Suns was that he had the potential to be a good player if he could stay out of foul trouble. That was certainly the case against the Jazz as Lopez scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
As usual, New Orleans found itself in a tight game as the final seconds ticked down. With the score tied 86-86, Greivis Vasquez drove to the basket and made a beautiful layup off the top of the glass. Vasquez followed up his terrific effort versus the San Antonio Spurs with 13 points and 10 assists against the Jazz.
As a fan, I much prefer cheering for an average team that plays hard over a talented team that underachieves. Last year, I loved watching the Hornets play on TV and at the New Orleans Arena. If the first two games of the 2012-13 NBA season are any indication, New Orleans fans have 80 entertaining games left to enjoy.
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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