According to Coach Monty Williams post-game comments, the Hornets did enough things to win the game. From where I sat, it could have been argued they fell into the win. Both the Hornets and Suns played two lousy quarters. Each team put the other into the bonus early in the second half, Hornets in the 3rd quarter and Suns in the 4th. Only several Hornet players had efficient offensive nights, the Suns had 3.
However, in the end, Phoenix's shot happy lefty proved to be a much bigger burden than our guy. If you're puzzled, I'm naturally talking about Michael Beasley and Xavier Henry! As to where Henry had 8 points on 6 shots, Beasley had a putrid 3 points on 11 shots.
Onto the bullets:
- Anthony Davis notched his first back-to-back 20 point games of his fledgling career. To go along with 20 points, on 6-10 from the field and a sparkling 8-8 from the foul line, Davis was extremely actively defensively (3 steals, 2 blocks) despite only grabbing 3 rebounds.
- Although Ryan Anderson still struggled from deep (2-8), he did manage to notch a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, Monty started the Arsenal in the second half to better match up with the Suns small front line. For those dreaming of a Anderson/Davis starting front line, the Hornets turned a 4 point deficit into a 7 point lead by the time Lopez stepped back onto the floor.
- Before the typical 4th quarter woes hit, Eric Gordon was having a solid game. He was scoring efficiently, and more importantly, having one of his better games as a distributor amassing 6 assists. Now, if only the Hornets could find the right psychologist, we'd be onto something.
- Darius Miller continued to be completely ineffective for the month of April. In 14 minutes of action, he had 3 rebounds and 3 personal fouls.
- The Hornets committed 8 turnovers versus 7 assists in the 1st quarter. The rest of the game: 7 turnovers vs 12 assists. Sloppiness is expected among teams longing to reach the finish line, but I still expect the Hornets to have better starts on the road against one of the worst teams in the league. It just screams of a lack of focus or preparation, something I always felt a Monty-led squad prided themselves on.
- Roger Mason has only appeared in 5 of our last 9 games. We can completely understand the reasoning, but does anyone else miss him coming off the bench and hitting several jumpers in succession?
Up next, the Hornets travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers this coming Tuesday. Geaux Hornets!