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Hornets-Pacers Post Game Thread

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A spot to drop your quick thoughts on the game. After the jump, the box score, some advanced stats, and due to my inability to find a feed, some not-advanced-at-all bullets.

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Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
New Orleans 99.0 99.0 45.5% 34.6 18.4 18.2
Indiana 102.0 50.0% 40.3 24.4 18.2

Some stats that stand out:

 

  • Another impressive line for Jason Smith. 9 rebounds in 22 minutes? That's a surprise, but it's another great hustle line. 
  • Pops also picked up 14 minutes off the bench, picking up 6 rebounds in that time. That's not a surprise, and hopefully Monty Williams uses him more as the preseason progresses.
  • After posting an efficient line last time out, M. Belinelli still scored 16 points, but on 9 missed shots this time. 
  • Aaron Gray posted a... bad line. 5 fouls, 4 turnovers, and just 2 rebounds in 16 minutes. Joe Alexander got in for a mere 2 minutes, after struggling mightily in the first three games. The Pops-JA pendulum finally appears to have swung.
And speaking of swang pendulums, how about Marcus Thornton's line? 5 minutes, 5 missed field goals, and he missed out on the 5 trillion by a measly turnover. We're still two weeks away from opening night, but Belinelli pretty clearly projects to be the starter.