As some of you know, I went to this game. The first thing I thought was, this team plays defense. It can consistenly keep us in the game even when our shots aren't falling. Secondly, Chris Paul show why he's the best point guard in the NBA, no question, every night.
Things I noticed:
Chris Paul: He had a strong game with 14 points and 9 assists, but he was most valuable to the team because of his late game play. When the Bucks had started chip, chip, chipping away at the lead CP3 took over. With 24 seconds left in the game and the Hornets clinging to a 3-point lead, CP3 had the play of the game. He came around a David West pick and was faced with Bucks Andrew Bogut and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. For one split second Chris Paul stopped, and Bogut and Mbah a Moute froze, and while they were freezing, Chris Paul was going strong. A few seconds later Bogut was behind him, Mbah a Moute was on the ground and the ball was in the basket. Our own Rohan wrote this nugget in the postgame write-up.
He's covered, and then less than a nanosecond later, he isn't. That, in the world's tiniest nutshell, is Chris Paul.
The Bench: Jason Smith had 6 points and 6 boards in 18 minutes, Willie Green had a weak game, shooting 1-9 from the field and scoring only 3 points, and Jerryd Bayless was yanked after 11 minutes of action and benched. For those who weren't at the the game, I noticed Monty yelling at him, and he went and sulked on the bench. Quincy Pondexter got his first minutes of NBA action and scored 3 points in 11 minutes. Marcus Thornton only played 4 minutes and didn't score any points.
Highlight Reel Plays: Marco Belinelli's 3/4 court buzzer beater got me out of my seat. One highlight that could have been was Luc Mbah a Moute dunking on half the Hornet's team. The dunk rattled out, Mbah a Moute got his rebound and made the shot plus the foul.
This team gives me a geed feeling. The defense has only allowed 90.1 points a contest, which is first in the league, and as the saying goes, good defense begets easy offense.