New Orleans Hornets: Bench Evolving as Portland, Dallas Approach

November 10th, 2010 by Taylor Williams Leave a reply »
Tuesday’s 101-82 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers (1-7) was hardly the biggest accomplishment to New Orleans’s perfect start.

But it illustrated the ongoing evolution of the Hornets’ (7-0) bench, which is looking better every game.

It was a tale of two halves for the Bees’ second stringers, and a revealing tale at that.  The Clippers’ bench, led by small forward Al-Faroug Aminu, outscored the Hornets’ reserves 25-13 in the first half and 30-17 through three quarters, forcing them to maintain rather than attack when on the floor.

Then Jerryd Bayless and Willie Green took over in the fourth quarter, loudly announcing their potential to fans. 

Prior to Tuesday, each had done fine in their roles off the bench; Bayless using his quickness and vision in the open floor to create easy looks, and Green bringing the heat on defense.

So when they both found their shots in the fourth quarter, it seemed like a big coming-out party. The noise was deafening, as Bayless and Green finished the game with 15 and 19 points, respectively. 

They combined for 26 of the Hornets&r ...

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