Well, I can’t say I expected this, but I was pleasantly surprised at this one. The team dug deep and got one of their most impressive wins of the season on a night that few people expected them to win, not so much for the difficulty of the opponent as for the other conditions surrounding the game. The Hornets were on a second night of a back to back and had just learned that their top scorer would be out for the remainder of the season, yet got past both of those hurdles to win a tight game in Phoenix. I was taking care of some personal issues last night, so I couldn’t really watch much of the game, but by looking at the box score, I am very impressed by the all-around shooting performances. My quick two cents on the various Hornet player performances after the jump.
- CP3 obviously knows that he’s going to have to take more shots with David West out, and he came through for 22 points on 10-16 shooting. Good night shooting from Paul.
- D-West’s replacement, Carl Landry, stepped up big and replicated close to West’s usual production. He made 8 of his 16 shots for 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, adding 3 steals as well.
- Ariza stepped up with his new (unfortunate) increased role in the offense by making 6 of 13 shots for 16 points, adding 6 boards.
- Okafor and Beli didn’t do much scoring, but Mek did have 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. However, the bench picked up the rest of the scoring slack. Green and Jack made 12 of 21 total shots for 32 points, including 4 of their 6 three-point attempts.
That’s all for now; sorry these past couple recaps have been so bland, it’s been a busy weekend for your writers; we’ll be back on the ball for our next game tomorrow night in Los Angeles. Until then… Go Hornets!