Game 2: Hornets vs. Celtics

2010-11 NBA Regular Season

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1-0 vs
0-2
December 28th, 2011
New Orleans Arena
7:00 PM CST
TV: CST, NBALP
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack
< Rajon Rondo
Marco Belinelli
< Ray Allen
Trevor Ariza > Sasha Pavlovic
Carl Landry
< Kevin Garnett
Emeka Okafor > Jermaine O'Neal

Your Pregame Moment of Zen

Akis of Sactown Royalty and the awesome NBA Mashups did this mashup of the Commissioners, David and Eric, specially for us:

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See more NBA Mashups here.



Eric Gordon Out Tonight

The Times-Pic reports a bruised right knee for Eric Gordon, and the Hornets will hold him out of the game because of it. Gordon apparently bumped his knee against Grant Hill late in the fourth quarter.

Marco Belinelli will start alongside Jarrett Jack in the backcourt.

Subplots

  • Boston lost a heartbreaker to Miami yesterday. After trailing by as many as 30 in the second half, the Celtics somehow pulled to within three before HEAT rookie Norris Cole shot his team to safety.
  • Expect to see a good bit of the Emeka Okafor/Chris Kaman duo; the Hornets' height and work down low could definitely give the undersized Boston front court (Garnett, O'Neal, Bass) some trouble.
  • Home opener!
  • Obviously quite a bit of drama involving these two teams over the summer; Chris Paul was highly coveted by the Celtics, but the Hornets wanted no part of Rajon Rondo (or, more accurately, a package headlined by Rajon Rondo), and a David West sign-and-trade with Boston also fell through. Had that deal happened, this would have been West's NOLA return; now that he's on Indiana, he will not play in New Orleans until the 2012-2013 season (unless the Hornets play the Pacers in the Finals!)
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