New Orleans Hornets’ Lack of Defense is Key to Poor Start

November 11th, 2009 by Paul Augustin Leave a reply »
In my last article, I expressed my hope for a Hornets season turnaround with a win over the Toronto Raptors.  My son Daniel and I had prime seats. For his sake, I was hoping that the Hornets would have a dominating performance.

To my disappointment, that was a wish that did not come true. The Hornets played even for the first half. It was a close and entertaining game.  After half-time, the Raptors came out and hit the Hornets with a blitzkrieg of three-pointers.

Toronto dominated the third period.  Three-pointers rained from the sky for the Raptors, who hit eight from downtown in that period alone. It was over before the Hornets knew what hit them.

The Raptors finished the game 14-29 from behind the arc. Hedi Turkoglu and Andrea  Bargnani led the barrage of threes with four out of eight and three out of six shooting respectively.

During the first half, as Hedo was missing outside shots against loose Hornets defense, a fan sitting behind us remarked "I sure hope they intend to cover him tighter than that. He is not going to miss all night."  The man was a prophet.

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