Season Length: 82 Games
Quarter Length: 10 Minutes
Sim Quarter Length: 12 Minutes
Playoff Format: 7-7-7-7
Difficulty: Hall of Fame
Team: New Orleans Hornets
Four teams. Four teams with young stars, four teams that are rising. Four teams have the 22-year old, half-Canadian, half-Filipino Ray Nambayan on their radar as their potential General Manager. The NBA have decided to not take control over the Hornets and look for someone else and their top candidate is the 22-year old. The three other teams; Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are also interested in him, although they are only willing to give him the Assistant GM Position and let him earn experience in managing teams and if they see he's ready, he'll offer him a higher position.
He will start talking to the four teams and make his decision by at least Friday afternoon. But for now, he will stay in Miami for the night and start talking to teams tomorrow, early in the morning Friday.
Stern, Nambayan, agree to terms in General Managing position
New Orleans, Louisiana --- The New Orleans Hornets will have a new leader leading them, and it's not Dell Demps anymore but the 22-year old millionare from Canada, Ray Nambayan. Three other teams have eyed Ray, but Ray said they weren't as enticing team as the Hornets. The organization and Ray agreed to a 3-year contract, worth $2.1M. Sources say he (Ray) was close to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he heard everything he wanted to, he was very enticed with the organization and he is friends personally with their star point guard, Kyrie Irving.
Here are some quotes from the introductory press.
"I signed with the Hornets because...hehe, because of The Almighty Brow! Just kidding, I signed with them because I wanted to, I wanted to become a part of this young, great team. I mean, you got two future stars of the league in Davis and Gordon plus a solid forward in Aminu, you can't ask for anything more than that. Well, I guess other than handling a super team like the Heat or the Lakers but I'm not really in to it." Nambayan said when asked why he decided to be with the Hornets.
" I thank Mr. Demps for his outstanding effort and dedication to this team and I wish him the best for the future. But that is already the past and I want to welcome the newest member of the Hornets Organization, Mr. Nambayan." NBA Commissioner David Stern says, "We, not only me, including Adam (Silver) and the rest of Hornets crew see tons and tons of potential with this young guy. And that was the major contribution we saw on him for this job. We will guide him and support him in every decision he makes and I hope our fans do too."
But before the conference ended, our new GM has a very important promise and note to all the fans; "To all you guys, Hornets fans. I promise you this: We are going to make the playoffs this year, I'm telling you that. You guys were itching to make the playoffs again, well, here it is. I'm going to make this team BETTER.
Sit wrote:I vote Hornets man.
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"Okay now. Jonny, we are offering you a three-year deal worth $16M, with the fourth year your option." Nambayan was talking to Flynn negotiating the contract. Flynn sighed, his eyes gone wide and sighed again. "Man, you sure ya ain't gonna waive me? I'd love to accept the offer, but...."he paused. "But?" Nambayan replied, cocking one eyebrow, his tone was kind of excited. "Oh, well. Just, just don't mind about that, okay? I'll accept if you do me a favor, instead of offering just $5.10M annually, why don't increase it by a little. Whad'ya think?" Flynn suggested, biting his lip. "Alright, How about $5.20 M, take it or leave it, dude." Nambayan answered back. Flynn stood up, he seemed satisfied, "Yeah, only 10K?" he chuckled, then he reached his arm out, asking for shaking hands.
"Yeah, only 10K." Nambayan shook hands with and they said at the same time, "This is a done deal" and both laughed.
"Welcome to New Orleans my man. You would totally be a great fit for the team. Just be a 'Run N' Gun' team alright?"
Flynn left the office with the contract in his hand.
2 HOURS LATER
"Miss Secretary, please call Coach Williams and tell him to come to the office. Thank you." Nambayan ordered.
Few Moments Later
"You were asking for me, Mr. Nambayan?" Coach Williams asked.
"Yes, Coach. Take a seat please."
"I like what you did. I mean, the Flynn signing. He is gonna be a big part of this team, a future star point guard indeed."
"Thank you very much. I actually signed him because I knew he was a great fit for us. And the reason I called you up here is I'd like you to make this team play fast. Run N' Gun team."
"Yeah, that was exactly what I had in mind. I could use Flynn run PnR with Davis and PnP with Anderson. But before all those passing stuff, I need to improve his passing skills, and I'm gonna need some help."
"And what kind of help is that?"
"I need a good passing PG."
"Well, you have Vasquez, he can easily give 6-8 assists a night. I suggest you put him on the floor the same time as Jonny, and make him run those picks for the first lateral parts of the game. And practice both of them too."
"Yeah, well, pretty good. But I'd like you to make a run for this player: Raymond Felton."
"Okay, just let's see how the offense work out for the first few games. But still, I'll try to make some proposals to the Knicks."
"Okay, thank you for granting my request and I'll do my best for this team."
"Yeah, sure, you are very much welcome and I'll do the same here."
Duncan, Spurs dominate Hornets in opener
New Orleans --- Louisiana
Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs looked young and fresh on their first season win against the young, less-experienced Hornets, 125-114. Duncan, the Spurs' top performer didn't look 35 but instead played like he was 25 after scoring a game-high 34 points and grabbing a tremendous 19 boards, including 12 offensive boards in those. Duncan lead the Spurs to dominate the Hornets in their rebounding as they out-rebounded them by 14, 66-52. And on the offensive glass, they won the battle 25-10. For most NBA Analysts, they said that this was the major factor of their win as it allowed them to score many more second chance points. Ginobili and Parker played like their usual selves. Ginobili had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Parker had 20 points and 13 dimes.
For the Hornets, their first official game on their new GM, tried to make a late-game comeback as they trimmed the lead to at least seven points early in the 4th. Star rookie Anthony "The Brow" Davis had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Eric Gordon looked to lead them back but choked in the last 4 minutes of the game, he had 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Flynn, the newest member of the team had 18 points and 6 assists. Also, Celtics coach Doc Rivers' son, Austin Rivers had 11 points in his NBA Debut.
Spurs 27 31 40 27 | 125
Hornets 21 30 29 34 | 114
Duncan 34 pts, 19 reb, 2 stl
Ginobili 24 pts, 8 reb, 4 ast
Parker 20 pts 13 ast
Gordon 29 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast
Flynn 18 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast
Davis 17 pts, 14 reb, 2 ast
Spurs 25 > 10 Hornets
Spurs 66 > 52 Hornets
"And the Hornets, now, have lost two straight games, Ending their homestand winning nothing but losing two to San Antonio and Utah. A very devastating 35-point loss today, folks. The team will now head to Chicago and face D-Rose and the Bulls tomorrow night." said the commentator.
As the Hornets squad were changing in the locker room, their GM walks in. Who looks very obvious, that he isn't satisfied and happy about the team's performance. "I know, I know now. You are gonna sermon us about the loss." Gordon guessed. "Yeah, you are right, Eric. But not just about this loss, though. Our two losses." Nambayan replied.
The room was silent, no one wanted to speak but Ray.
"Alright, as you can see, I'm not satisfied the past couple games. I want you to strive HARDER. I want you to crash the boards HARDER. I want you to play HARDER. You hear me? I might sound like a coach, but I'm just sharing you guys what I know. To be able to win, you got to trust your teammates and work with them." Then right across the room, Davis was snarling, breathing hard, and clenching his fist. Then, he suddenly stood up, still snarling with his fists clenched.
"This has to stop. Guys, we have to stop this tomorrow night. Let us play hard out there and get that W. Coach Monty, I will be the player guys have expected me to be. I will be the leader guys wanted me to be. I will prove that tomorrow night, and not just tomorrow, but for the rest of my long career."
Coach Williams, trying to hide his smile said; "I admire your determination and passion for the game, Anthony, I really do. And I hope all you said will be done tomorrow. But I not only expect you to step up. I expect every single player in this room to give their best tomorrow and try and beat Chicago, 'aight?" Coach raised his right hand clenching his fists and all huddled up and all said: "We can do this, we are a team. ONE, TWO, THREE... HORNETS!!!"
Gameday in Chicago
"And the timeout called by the Bulls. It's amazing for this Hornets squad coming back after trailing by 13, almost the whole game now leads by 2 with a minute and a half remain in the game . What do you think is the key factor for their comeback, Steve?" asked Harlan.
'What I think the key factor was Anthony Davis, plus the Hornets' effort on boxing out the Bulls and their rebounding too. See, Davis really stepped up on both end of the floor. He now has 28 points and 12 boards plus he's defended Boozer well here in the second half. Remember, Boozer scored 12 points on 5-6 shooting in the first half and here in the second, he scored 8 points on 2-7 shooting."
(Anthony Davis' Perspective)
Okay, so there is only a minute and a half left in the game. I gotta continue this good game I have if I wanna win.
"Keep fighting for the board!" Coach said, that will stay in my mind, I know. I know because I already did that and I will continue. Now to lead this team... We're now back in the game. It's the Bulls' ball so we gotta play D. Rose gets the rock and Noah sets a pick for him. I cover the paint as he crosses over Flynn, Derrick was way too fast and aggressive. He shot a floater and he misses in and out! But I heard a whistle, the ref was signaling a foul... on ME. It's my 5th already so I gotta be careful. Well, at least he missed both free throws, 108-106.
Half a minute left and Flynn passes the ball to me in the post. I'm not that good in the post, but I'll try even if Joakim is defending me. I back down to the basket, pushing real hard until I can't. 15 seconds left, gosh, time's fast! I try for a shot when I see Eric cutting to the rim so I feed him the rock. He faked, and shot the ball, it hit the back iron, I was suspended in suspense, fortunately the ball hit the bottom of the net to give us a nice, four point lead. After the shot, Chicago called their last timeout.
Back to the game, I was guarding Joakim as usual. He set a baseline pick, for Hamilton. I shouted, "Watch Rip! Watch Rip!' Good thing was, Eric did and so did Aminu. They doubled him as I was covering the paint, 10 seconds. Rip drove to the basket, I almost fouled him, good thing was Ryan fouled him instead of me or else I was out. Rip will now shoot free throws, hoping he misses both. And what do you know, he did miss both. I grabbed the board for my 14th rebound and I threw the pass to Flynn back to our court, we just played passes to milk the clock. Chicago couldn't foul, we were too fast, so we won. My first win in the NBA feels real good. After the game, Coach loved our play, he told me, "You keep playing like that, we win more games. And you'd be a better player and we'd be a better team." It felt real good, man, real good.
Hornets notches second straight win, first one at home
New Orleans, Louisiana --- The Sixers are having the start they were expecting for the season winning 2 of their first three but comes up just short to win against the Hornets, and it wasn't just Philly coming up short as Holiday was just too late to step out of the way for Davis' monstrous slam late in the nail-biting 4th period.
"It was embarrassing, really. I was too late to move out of the way and now I will be included in a highlight film and possibly on the Dunk of the Year video. It was a great dunk, though." Holiday said after being asked what he thought of Davis' dunk.
"I really didn't expect to see it coming. I just received the ball and I was on the break, and I had to score and when I was to throw it down, I just felt him (Holiday) in front of me while I'm up in the air." Davis said during the press conference.
And now, to recap the game. The game was real close the entire night, only the Hornets was to build a double digit margin of 11 points late in the 3rd and up to early in the final period. The Sixers kept fighting back until they managed to trim the lead to just a point, 108-107 with at least two minutes remain in the 4th. The Hornets kept their cool and didn't get pressured despite the anxious crowd and their collapse. Eric Gordon once again steps up in the clutch to help his team hold their lead as they win 114-110.
This one was a heart-breaker for the Sixers and a great win on the other hand, for the Hornets. Anthony Davis, the rookie, was held to only 19 minutes due to foul trouble, but he was still able to produce 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks and managed to hold Bynum to just 4 rebounds the whole game.
"I was feeling hyped today, I don't know why, ever since last game, I feel like I'm on fire. Probably because my rookie jitters are gone. Next game I might drop 50 on the Bobcats." he tried to amuse the press and they all laughed.
Eric Gordon had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists, Flynn, had his best Hornet game so far scoring 11 and dishing 13 dimes. And for the Sixers, new-comer Terrence Williams scored 20 points, grabbed 10 boards and had 5 assists. Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 6 rebounds, and the former Laker Andrew Bynum had 14 points and only had 4 rebounds.
During the press conference, Coach Monty had something to tell the fans and the league; "We are winning right now and we are going to roll. We are on a roll right now and this will continue. Jonny, he has a potential to be a great facilitator and right now, he's my Rondo. Davis is my defensive anchor, he's my Garnett and Gordon is our main scoring option, he's our Pierce."
76ers 27 29 23 31 | 110
Hornets 28 29 31 26 | 114
Sixers Top Performers
T. Williams 20 pts 10 reb 5 ast
T. Young 19 pts 6 reb 2 stl 2 blk
A. Bynum 14 pts 4 reb
Hornets Top Performers
E. Gordon 29 pts 9 reb 2 ast
A. Davis 21 pts 7 reb 3 blk 19 min
J. Flynn 11 pts 13 ast
R. Lopez 10 pts 1 reb
Three NBA Superstars hurt
New Orleans, Louisiana --- In other news, 3 NBA Superstars go down with unfortunate injuries. G Dwyane Wade and F/C Chris Bosh are both injured for the Miami Heat. D-Wade is out for a minimum of 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks due to a Torn Meniscus. And his teammate, F/C Chris Bosh, is hurt due to a Sore Knee and is listed as day-to-day. This leaves LeBron carrying the load for the team with Ray Allen, the only All-Star to help him win for this team. The loss of Wade and Bosh will impact this team deeply early in the young season.
Out West, LA Clippers Star PG Chris Paul is also sidelined due to a strained abdomen for approximately 1-2 weeks. This one, is a problem for the Clippers although not really a big one since they have Billups to play the point and Crawford at the 2. The only downside of this lineup is the lack of scoring coming off the bench.
Let us hope for their speedy recovery in turn to help their respective teams.
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Davis' Career Night leads Hornets past lowly Bobcats
In just five short games, five early games in Davis' young career he had his best and biggest game. He wasn't kidding when he said he probably was gonna drop 50 this game, PROBABLY. Well, he actually dropped 51 against the lowly Bobcats, slumping in to four straight losses in to the season. Biyombo, Diop, Thomas and Haywood couldn't defend the paint, as that was where Davis kept on attacking during the game.
"He was close to unstoppable. I couldn't defend him and neither of my other teammates. You'd think he'd post up, but actually he's gonna drive to your weak side. He's got a quick first step." Haywood, the Bobcats' starting center said, " He is definitely the next BIG thing in the league." The last rookie to ever score at least 50 points was Milwaukee Bucks star PG Brandon Jennings, posting 55 against the Warriors seven games in to the season during the 2009-10 season.
Anthony Davis notched his career-high 51 points on 21-27 shooting and grabbing 12 boards. Another spectacular performance from today's game was from star shooting guard, Eric Gordon putting up a triple-double performance, his first of his career, with 16 points, with 10 rebounds and 10 assists each. For the 'Cats, their backcourt gave all they have to keep the team in the game, which just didn't happen. Kemba Walker lead all Bobcats scorers with 19 and Sessions and Henderson contributed 17 and 16 points.
"I was locked in and ready these past three games and I hope my performance continues the rest of the season, and continue until the playoffs if we ever make it. But so far, we are lookin' good." Davis said, "I actually couldn't believe I had 51 by the end of the game. I thought I had like 35 or 40 then I saw up on the big board I had 50. Thank Eric and Jonny who kept giving me fine looks down the paint."
Bobcats 28 21 25 17 | 91
Hornets 23 36 24 30 | 113
Walker 19 pts 8 reb 11 ast 4 stl
Sessions 17 pts 5 reb 10 ast
Henderson 16 pts 5 reb
Davis 51 pts 12 reb 21-27 FG
Gordon 16 pts 10 reb 10 ast
Flynn 11 pts 3 reb 12 ast
RUMOR: Cavaliers and Hornets looking to swap Forwards
Rumors started to surface the basketball world about the Hornets and Cavaliers discussing a potential trade that would send forward Ryan Anderson and possibly Austin Rivers or Greivis Vasquez and a 2nd round pick for 2011 Draft 4th pick Tristan Thompson and forward CJ Miles. This would give the Hornets more cap flexibility for future free agencies and a potential star forward in Thompson. Also, this would help the Hornets run much faster, as they prefer a Run 'N Gun team. This trade would benefit the Cavaliers, too as Kyrie Irving would be able to work well with Pick 'n Pops with Anderson. The transaction, however, is not yet confirmed but it has a high possibility that it will occur in the following days.
Just as the rumor started surfacing, Yahoo! Sports asked Hornets GM, Ray Nambayan about if this rumor is true. " I can't tell you right now, but if this will ever happen, it's because I'm just doing what suits this team the best. I just noticed that Ryan have been exhausted the past couple games due to our offense. And he is also, no offense to him, he's also a bit slow running with Jonny. That is all I can give you for now."
The Hornets next game will be against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
Hornets' Season Goals released by Coach Monty and GM on Team Website
The season's goals for the Hornets have been released earlier on hornets.com by Coach Monty and their GM. The goals are listed below. ( They added realism to their goals so that it may be achieved in the season )
Eric Gordon play at least 65 games
Make Eric Gordon an All-Star
Finish the season with at least a total of 42 wins
Make the Playoffs (8th seed or better)
Anthony Davis earn All-Star appearance; win RoTY award
Finish the season ranked at least 5th in rebounding, scoring, and opponent points
Martti. wrote:Not sure Tristan Thompson is worth it, especially if you have to give up Vasquez or Rivers.
It was late at night, and Nambayan was sitting in front of his desk putting his legs on the table. Waiting for him to fall asleep and also waiting for a call from Chris Grant, the Cavs' GM.
"Hmmm, it's been a long day," he said to himself, "I better go home and rest." He stood up, walking sideways as he was too drowsy to even walk straight, so he first went to the washroom and splashed water on his face to at least wake himself up before driving home. Just as he was about to leave his office, his phone rang, who would call me this late at night, he thought. So he walked back in to his desk to pick-up the phone.
"Hello?" Nambayan answered.
"Yes, Ray? You still in the office? It's me, Chris..." Grant, the Cavs GM said in reply.
He went on to sit down on his seat and started talking.
"So, uhh, what made you call this late at night, Mr. Grant?" Nambayan asked as he was covering his eyes in tiredness.
"Sorry if I had to call this late. I know it probably had been a very long day for you with all this hype from the media about stuff," Grant apologized, "See, about our discussion two-three days ago about the trade, I was wondering if WE could make it happen."
"The trade... the trade..." Nambayan said trying to remember, "Oh, yeah, the trade that would bring me Tristan Thompson and for you, Ryan Anderson in return. Yeah, we definitely could make it happen. So, what's your say?"
"I was thinking about it. I would send you Tristan and CJ Miles and in return, you gotta give me Ryan and Rivers." Grant proposed the trade, hoping that the proposal would work.
Nambayan stood up, sighed and sat down again.
"I won't give Austin up! I just won't as he'd be part of this team in a while. Could you please propose a deal that would actually work? How about I just send you Ryan, Roger Mason and this year's 2nd round pick for Miles and Tristan?" Nambayan counter-offered.
"Wait a minute, I'll think about it." Grant said, Nambayan waited for at least half a minute or so and Grant spoke again, "Hey, Ray, I'm back. Y'know what? It's a pretty fair deal, only if you aren't to send me crappy Mason." Grant said in disgust. "How about you replace Roger with Austin, then it's a deal." he then suggested.
"Like I said, I'm not trading Rivers! Understood?" Nambayan repeated himself once again.
"Understood. Don't trade him, no deal, no Thompson for you." Grant said with a little laugh in his voice.
Nambayan, hearing this, punched the desk beside him in frustration.
"Alright, then. I'll remove him from the deal. I guess I'll just find another deal for Mason then." he paused after this, thinking of a better deal. " I'll replace Rivers with Vasquez. You better take it, or leave it." Nambayan warned.
"Woah, chill out rookie. This is just the first trade of your career. Trading for someone is hard especially if the player you are trying to acquire is a talent. Anyway, I'll take this deal. But first, I gotta talk to coach and you better do to."
"Alright, I'll call you when I'm done." Nambayan then buried his face in his hands after.
Nambayan picked up the phone again and contacted Coach Monty. His hands were wet for no apparent reason.
Coach Monty picked up, pretty angry..
"Hello, Ray. What made you call in 3 in the morning?"
"Sorry, Coach for calling you this late or early, whatever. Anyway, I've agreed to trade Ryan, Greivis and a 2nd round pick for Tristan Thompson and CJ Miles. Now, I called you to ask for your approval of this trade. If you or Mr. Byron Scott doesn't approve, we will forfeit this deal."
"You're telling me you traded Ryan, Greivis and a 2nd round pick? I'm not totally in to this deal, I actually don't like it. If it's because of Ryan's ineffectiveness due to his speed and stamina on this offense. You could have come to me and at least asked to reduce his minutes or put him on the bench. But you're the GM and a deal's a deal. So go ahead and make this happen. I support you in everything you do."
"I'm sorry, Coach about not going to you first. And thank you, sorry again for bothering you at 3 AM."
"Alright, now go ahead and get some sleep, son. You need it."
"Thanks, uh, and I think you need more sleep for tonight's game against the Thunder."
Nambayan fell asleep on his desk, drooling too. When the phone rang, he immediately put his head and said "Wha--- Where?!!!" Then he got his consciousness back and picked up the phone.
"Hey, there Ray. I just talked to Byron and he approved this trade, saying he really didn't care for acquiring Anderson, what he cared about is getting a decent backup for Kyrie. What about Monty?"
"He didn't like the deal, but he still approved. So yeah, by tomorrow both will be on their respective teams and this will be in the news by morning."
"Yeah, great deal! Thank you for your cooperation, Ray." Grant said in gratitude.
"Yeah, no problem."
Durant scores career-high 75 points; Gordon nets triple-double, game-winner in 4OT
Both sides have been on a winning streak, the Hornets with four and the Thunder with six but on this game, on a very thrilling night the uprising Hornets prevailed over the Thunder on 4OTs 167-165 ending the Thunder's six-game stretch, also, the Thunder missed Westbrook due to a knee tenditis and is out for a week or two. This game also marks the debut of Tristan Thompson for the Hornets since being traded by Cleveland last night for forward Ryan Anderson, Thompson scored 29 points for the Hornets on 11-30 shooting.
Now, on the game's recap, on the early part of the game, it was lopsided as early as the opening quarter as the Hornets had a 24-14 run at the end of the quarter. But then they [Hornets] kind of slumped shooting just 35% on the second period compared to the Thunder's 52% outscoring the Hornets 33-18 on that period and led by 9 by halftime up to the end of 3. The Thunder's biggest lead was 19 points and that was early in the second. And on the closing quarter, the Hornets just wouldn't give up ending the regulation on a 16-4 run tying the game at 109 apiece lead by a powerful two-handed jam by Tristan Thompson. By this time, Durant had 42 points. Harden was shooting bricks, who was 2-13 from the field in 4 quarters.
Heading on to overtime, the Hornets were leading by 3 with 11 seconds left, 124-121 and off the inbound Durant came off the pick from Perkins and shot a three over Aminu and it wasn't surprising that he tied the game. His shot sent the game to another overtime. Now, on to the second overtime, once again, the Thunder are down, this time only by two. Here, the silent player of the night comes through when needed most - James Harden delivered for the Thunder as grabbed an offensive rebound and laid the ball in with a minute and twenty left. No other teams scored the rest of the way. On the third OT, Thunder with a small lead with only two points. Everybody was exhausted but Thompson once again saves the uprising Hornets by cutting to the rim and slams the ball 154 all.
And now, for the final OT, the fourth one, this game went back and forth between Kid Clutch and Eric Gordon. Both hitting jumpshots after jumpshots, the Hornets were leading by two, 165-163 when Durant hit an 18-foot jumper from the right elbow with 11.3 seconds left. No timeouts were left for both teams, now with the ball in Gordon's hands, he dribbles to the top of the key with the best perimeter defender, Sefolosha, on him. He drove to the right, stepped back, Sefolosha was raising his hands giving Gordon no space with at least a second left. Gordon had no choice but to fade away and at the buzzer, he made the shot that ended the game!
Kevin Durant shook his head after the game and sat on the bench. He had a career-high 75 points, making him the fourth highest scoring player in a game behind Wilt who had 78. Durant also had 19 rebounds. Ibaka had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Both Maynor and Gordon finsihed with triple-doubles, second for Gordon this season. Maynor had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 18 assists while Gordon had 47, 11, and 17. Although he didn't shoot very impressive, 3-24, Harden had a career-high 16 assists.
Thunder 25 33 29 22 *56 | 165
Hornets 31 18 29 31 *58 | 167
* - denotes overtime
Durant 75 pts 19 reb
Ibaka 18 pts 15 reb
Maynor 18 pts 10 reb 18 ast
Gordon 47 pts 11 reb 17 ast
Davis 32 pts 16 reb
Thompson 29 pts 18 reb
Flynn 21 pts 10 ast
OKC could have given me more time to think about it. I'm gonna miss my brothers back there, but I'm ready to meet my new brothers in Houston! #RocketNation!!!
Didn't want Harden go, but I will continue to support him and this organization.
Harden to Rockets?! I better send my vicious elbow to Texas then. JK lol #viciouselbow!
Hornets hold off Pacers' late rally lead by George; 96-94
Coming off a loss last night against the Knicks, 108-96, and Carmelo's 35 point performance, the Hornets are looking to bounce back against the Pacers who are currently 7-5. The Hornets have struggled their last two games since the 4OT thriller against the Thunder. The Hornets have lost by an average of 12 points their last two games against Milwaukee and New York, who are surprisingly having only 5 wins and 6 losses despite their roster.
The Big Easy came off an early start leading the Pacers by 9 after 1, 27-18 lead by Thompson's 10 first quarter points. On the second quarter, the Pacers scored a bit more with 25 but still trailed big at halftime down 12, 55-43. Coming off of halftime, the Hornets seemed relaxed and can't find the bottom of the net shooting just 30% from the field in the quarter. And George and Augustin took advantage as George scored 8 points and Augustin with 7 leading the Pacers with a 16-2 run to end the quarter but still trailed by ten, 75-65.
On to the closing period, George went off hitting two treys and a monster slam tying the game at 92. But once again, Eric Gordon came the Hornets' aid and gave them the lead. After that, George once again delivered for two, tying the game 94 apiece. It looked like another overtime game but Gordon drove past his defender and laid the ball which gave the Hornets a 2 point advantage with 1.5 seconds left. West inbounded the ball and gave it to George who has been hot, he pulled up for a three and he made it! The Pacers celebrated all the way but the referees reviewed it first to confirm, and to relieve the Pacers, the referees says it counts. But at the end of the night, the NBA announced it wasn't a basket despite being shown in the replay that the ball left George's hands with 0.2 seconds left. Paul George left a tweet about it on Twitter:F*** the NBA for not counting my 3ptr, it was definitely a basket. No wonder the C's and OKC lost to Miami.
Fans around the league said it was immature of George, but what if it was the truth. The NBA later announced that they fined George $75K for his comment which also includes MWP for his tweet the other night regarding the Harden trade for $35K.
Hornets 27 28 20 21 | 96
Pacers 18 25 22 29 | 94
Thompson 16 pts 5 reb
Aminu 14 pts 3 reb 5-5 fg
Gordon 14 pts 4 reb 6 ast
George 23 pts 7 reb 5 ast
Augustin 18 pts 12 ast
Granger 12 pts 2-12 fg
Pacers - 16-2 run to end 3rd QTR
IND 52 % FG > NO 35 % FG in 2nd Half
Davis to be sidelined 1-2 weeks due to Bruised Heel
Hornets C Davis is to be sidelined for approximately 1 to 2 weeks due to a bruised heel he acquired last Saturday during their practice in Denver following their next game against the Nuggets. Davis was going up for a rebound when he stepped on Lopez's foot; heel first and down he went. He laid down the floor for at least 5 minutes before getting up. According to the Hornets, the injury is not too severe and they are targeting a return next week against Milwaukee.
The next couple of weeks will be tough for New Orleans as they will face the Nuggets on Sunday, the Clippers the next day then the Jazz. After the Jazz will be the Thunder followed by the Bucks, then the Lakers, the top Western team Grizzlies and the NBA Champions, the Miami Heat.
Radioman wrote:Wow this Game against the Thunder must have been a fun one. I hope Davis injury is not to serious and he can return in best shape soon. Altogether, despite the injury, this looks like a good start for you.
hova- wrote:Gosh, 75 points! It's not even unrealistic I think, I mean after four OTs it's possible. Could you maybe post KDs full numbers. Shooting, +/- etc ? Nice game.
mpac wrote:Nice going here! Ill follow.
I recently tried hornets now and got surprised on how great eyebrows is in 2k! Cant get used to gordon's jumpshot so im thinking of trading him hehe
PROSPECTS BIG BOARD: Antonio Smith
Name: Antonio Smith #10
College: University of Florida
Dominant Hand: Right
Height and Weight: 6'5", 196 lbs
Smith of University of Florida is arguably the best player in the upcoming Draft. He is very talented and very athletic. One of the most versatile and explosive guards in the Draft. Last year, he averaged 21.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He attained this numbers because of his great length for his position and he is not that heavy which makes him real catchy for the defenders. His only downside is his rebounding and jumpshot. Despite his tremendous leaping ability, he is not that confident in grabbing rebounds. And his jumpshot is not polished well enough and he has to improve that and once he does, he would really unstoppable in this league. Definitely an upcoming star one day.
Strengths: Gets to the rim at will with his speed and footwork. Has tight ball handling skills that helps him get to the basket easy. Awesome court-vision. He can make contact lay-ups and change shots in mid-air. Draws foul well.
Weaknesses: Limited range, he can shoot from mid-range, although not consistently. He can't shoot threes. Decision making - he can't shoot, and when he realizes he's open form downtown, he'll take it. Average defender, he must improve this. Durability must also be worked on, had two back injuries last year. Only an average rebounder.
NBA Comparison Tyreke Evans
PROSPECTS BIG BOARD: Warren Macy
Name: Warren Macy #1
College/From: Florida State
Dominant Hand: Right
Height and Weight: 6'8", 207 lbs
Warren Macy of Florida State is the most complete offensive player in the upcoming Draft. He's got every tool up his sleeve and once he gets it going, he's unstoppable. Macy has NBA range and he can shoot almost anywhere on the court and he will make the shot and no matter how you guard him, he will either make the shot or find an open teammate on the spot or on cut. Like any other elite wingmen in the league, Macy can create shots for himself and others easily. He runs the pick and roll well and he also has a nice low post game. His downside, however, is his lack of strength and defense. Just post him up and you will score. But overall, he will be a franchise cornerstone in the future.
Strengths: Has great size and length for his position and play style. Also has tremendous range, can shoot almost anywhere on the court. Raises game under pressure, arguably the best clutch player in the Draft Class. Scrapes for loose balls, and wins rebounding battles. Has a winning attitude. Rarely gets hurt, or plays through pain to help team win. Great shot creator.
Weaknesses: Not enough strength when on the low post, offense and defense. Poor post defender. Not a good shot blocker. Low vertical leap.
NBA Comparison: Kevin Durant
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