This won’t be a long recap, partially because I have way too much on my mind at the moment, but also because this game was simply too ridiculous to even recap in words. There were so many circus shots throughout this one that it felt like a Globetrotters game, not an NBA game. Although the one people will see in the highlights is the absolutely insane Okafor bank shot to send the game into overtime, Utah actually made more ridiculous shots than New Orleans did; this game should have never even gone past the 4th quarter. That being said, credit the Hornets for showing serious heart and putting together a tremendous effort to get the victory in Utah.
For those who don’t know, David West suffered a horrific knee injury after throwing down a key dunk late in the 4th quarter. He was on the ground screaming in pain for a solid few minutes and was taken off of the court in a wheelchair. Since then, news has broken stating that the X-Rays have fortunately come back negative, but the MRI results are still pending. Put all of your thoughts and prayers into D-West’s left knee, because without him, the Hornets’ chances of making any noise in the playoffs disappear.
Some quick game notes – after 3 days off, Monty got some extra burn out of his starters, and every one of them made over half of their shots except for West (12-25 for 29 pts, I’m not about to hate on him for that performance). Jarrett Jack stepped up big off the bench in the 4th quarter, and Aaron Gray did the same in the 4th quarter and OT, getting a big layup late in overtime and knocking down his final 4 free throw attempts to ice the game. Not much else from the Hornets bench, but thanks to a long lay-off before tonight’s game, Monty didn’t really have to use them much; however, he sure will tomorrow night. 9 PM central start time against the Phoenix Suns, catch it on Cox Sports Television.