New Orleans Hornets Breakdown: Drowning Hornets Need A Lifevest

November 12th, 2009 by Erick Blasco Leave a reply »
Mayday! Mayday! Going down!

The New Orleans Hornets’ season may only be nine games in, but after their awful 124-104 disaster in Phoenix, they’re clearly a team in distress. Whether or not their calls for help can be answered depends on the nature of their emergency. Let’s take a look.

Not counting the garbage time in the final quarter, New Orleans ran 63 designed plays by my unofficial tally.

Of those 63 plays, nearly half were predicated on Chris Paul: 20 screen/rolls, three isolation's, a backdoor cut, and six attacks in early offense. Such an unbalanced offense!

Phoenix’ gameplan was to go under every screen and let Paul shoot away to his heart’s content, which he did with considerable accuracy (4-7 3FG). Still, Paul’s ball dominance, combined with his invitation to fire away, left his teammates mere spectators on too many possessions.

Still, Paul’s screen/rolling game plan did generate success. Paul tallied 23 points for the Hornets on his 20 screen/rolls, five points on his three isolation's, two points on a nifty backdoor cut, and 11 points on 6 transition opportunities. With Paul asked to create offense, New O ...

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