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!
Turn on any TV this week and tune in to ESPN or any other sports show and chances are the topic of discussion is something pertaining to this weekend’s matchup of #1 ranked LSU versus #2 ranked Alabama. This game has been hyped up for the past 3 weeks, and talk has seemingly now moved into the realm of obsession.
The New Orleans Hornets’ 2011 season kicks off Wednesday night in the New Orleans Arena as the team takes on last year’s #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls. The CP3-led Hornets will try to rebound this season after suffering a first round playoff defeat by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The Bulls, on the other hand, are coming off an Eastern Conference Championship defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat, and are poised to make another run at a championship behind last season’s regular season MVP, Derrick Rose.
…What’s that? There’s a lockout, you say? Well, that’s one hell of a buzzkill. I already wrote a game preview and everything! I may as well share it with you guys, right? Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the keys to tomorrow night’s fictitious season opener.
WOOOOO!!!! It’s that time of the year again. Much like with the Saints during basketball season, the CP3 and Hornets talk will be greatly toned down in the coming months (there’s probably not gonna be a season anyway!) because New Orleans’ first love is returning. The Saints start their quest to win the title tonight at home in the dome against the 49ers. Both of your Hoopdat writers will be there (I’ll be wearing a Brees jersey, Mason will be wearing his Vilma jersey).
I’m not going to bother with a preview, because it’s the preseason and you never really know exactly how much people will play (, how much of the playbook the coaches will explore, etc. However, you can expect plenty of post game recap, breakdown, etc.
The Hornets try to stave off elimination against the Lakers tonight in the Hive. For the Hornets to stand a chance, it all comes down to one player- Chris Paul. When CP3 was other-worldly in games 1 and 4, the Hornets won. When he’s merely exceptional (games 2,3, and 5), the Hornets lost. It’s really been that simple. The Hornets have already pushed this Lakers team farther than anyone thought they could. For the Hornets to extend this series one more game, Chris Paul needs to go off.
A guest preview from a friend of the HoopDat blog, Mark Seither. Thanks to Mark for this excellent piece!
How to Win Game 5
There was a point not too long ago when most Hornets fans would have said it would take a miracle to beat the Lakers, but now, with the series tied 2-2, maybe a miracle won’t be necessary to secure a victory. The first four games of the series have painted a clear picture of what it will take for the Hornets to advance to the next round.
The Hornets, fresh off a dramatic game 4 win, travel to L.A. to take on the Lakers in a critical game 5. Yes, the two-time defending champs have been in this situation before- just last year, the Lakers were tied 2-2 and looked completely disinterested in their first round series against the Thunder, and they went on to roll to a second consecutive title. However, they’ve never faced a player like Chris Paul, who has consistently had his way with the Lakers defense. It hasn’t mattered if they’ve sent double teams, triple teams, traps, switched on pick and rolls, etc… CP3 has found a way to beat this Lakers defense.
After the Lakers flat out out-muscled us in game 3, the Hornets look to even the series at 2-2 against the Lakers tonight in the Hive. Just like Game 2, the Hornets played a sloppy, disjointed game but still had a chance to win until the middle of the fourth quarter.