I made my debut on Hornets247 this morning with a few quick answers for our 3 on 3 segment about the Hornets vs. Suns game tonight. Check it out!
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has just reported that Hornets’ point guard Chris Paul has informed team officials that he will not be returning to the Hornets after his contract expires, and wants to be traded to New York. More on this as it becomes public, but suffice it to say that Chris Paul’s New Orleans Hornets career will not stretch beyond this season at the latest. The odds of him being traded to New York, however, are incredibly slim, due to the simple fact that the Knicks have nowhere near the available assets that would make a deal worthwhile to New Orleans. No matter how this situation plays out, however, it is obviously terrible news for the Hornets, although not entirely unexpected.
In a game that never really seemed in doubt, Drew Brees and rest of the Saints’ offense repeatedly victimized the hapless Giants defense en route to seven touchdowns and a lopsided 25 point victory. The Saints held New York without a touchdown for the first 34 1/2 minutes of regulation, and never saw their lead fall below double digits once Jummy Graham scored with two minutes remaining in the first quarter, making the score 14-3. New Orleans was clearly dominant in this game, as the Saints made their case to be labeled as the NFL’s best team outside of Green Bay. Now sitting just one game back of San Francisco (though the 49ers will have the tie-breaker with one of their losses coming against an AFC opponent), New Orleans can begin to set their sights on both a division title as well as a possible first round playoff bye. Notes on a very enjoyable game to watch after the jump.
All of the details are not yet available, but all major news sources are now reporting that the NBA players and owners have come to an agreement to end the NBA lockout. This is obviously fantastic news for both the Hornets and NBA fans everywhere, and we will be sure to update you with information as soon as it becomes available. The deal ultimately be put to a vote, and while it can be expected that some players will vote against this new proposed deal, there shouldn’t be enough of those votes to account for anywhere near a majority. So, barring completely unforeseen circumstances - the NBA is back!
This morning, news broke that NBA All-Stars Chris Paul, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony will highlight a four game exhibition tour for charity which will consist of stops in Akron, OH, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, and East Rutherford, NJ.
Just as many people expected, the most recent episode in the Saints/Falcons series was a battle right down to the very last play. With 7:13 remaining in the 4th quarter, John Kasay converted a 44 yard field goal to put New Orleans up by 2 scores with a 23-13 lead, giving them what seemed to be a comfortable two score lead. However, Ryan brought Atlanta back after a touchdown strike to Tony Gonzalez 3 minutes later, and then set up kicker Matt Bryant with the game-tying field goal as time expired. The Falcons would receive the ball first in overtime (as the Saints fell to 0 for 11 in coin tosses this season, a particularly unbelievable stat), but both teams would end up punting before the Falcons faced a critical 4th and inches from its own 29 1/2 yard line. Falcons head coach Mike Smith initially sent his punt team out, but after calling a timeout, he decided to put his offense back out on the field and go for it. The Saints’ run defense stepped up in a huge spot, stuffing Michael Turner and therefore getting the ball in immediate field goal range. Four plays later, Kasay delivered the game-winning 26 yard field goal, moving the Saints to 7-3 and into a comfortable 1 1/2 game lead in the NFC South entering their bye week. Here are my other thoughts from New Orleans’ crucial road victory in Atlanta.