The Hornets are off to a fast start this year. Under head coach Monty Williams, the bees have started the regular season 3-2.
The Hornets tipped off the season with a loss on Halloween night against the San Antonio Spurs. Last year, the Spurs entered the playoffs as the one-seed in the Western Conference but lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. The key players were Tony Parker, Spurs Guard, who scored 24 points and rookie Anthony Davis, Hornets Power Forward, who scored 21 points. The one problem the Hornets had against the Spurs was defending the pick and roll. The Hornets put up a valiant effort, but in the end, the Spurs where too much for the Hornets, winning 99-95.
The Hornets would than rebound the following Friday against the Utah Jazz. Last year, the Jazz finished 8th in the West, losing to San Antonio in the first round of the playoffs. Key players of the game were Randy Foye, Jazz Guard, who had 20 points and was 6-10 from the three-point line, and Robin Lopez, Hornets Center, who had 19 points underneath. It was a close game all the way till the end. With the Hornets up by three, Utah Shooting Guard Paul Millsap hit a corner three with 7 seconds left in the game. But, the Hornets Guard Greivis Vasquez hits a game-winning layup with 3 seconds left, giving the Hornets the win 88-86. The one negative in this game was the injury to Anthony Davis, who suffered a concussion before halftime.
The Hornets would then travel to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. Last year, the Bulls finished the season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Star Guard Derrick Rose suffered a season ending ACL tear in the first round of the playoffs. The key players of the game were Luol Deng, Bulls Forward, who was 6-15 and had 19 points, and once again, Lopez, who had 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Hornets controlled this game from tip-off to the final buzzer, beating the Bulls 89-82. This is an impressive win for the Hornets, due to the fact that they didn’t have their star Forward Anthony Davis.
The Hornets would than come back home to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN. Last year, the Sixers finished 8thin the East, knocking off the one-seed Chicago Bulls. The Key players were Jrue Holiday, Sixers Guard, who had 14 points and 12 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu, Hornets Forward, who had 10 points. The Hornets didn’t show up in this game at all. Give credit to the Sixers defense, who held the Hornets to 62 points, a franchise low, as the Sixers win 77-62.
The Hornets would then have to rebound against the Charlotte Bobcats. Last year, the Bobcats finished last in the NBA and were considered the worst team to ever play in the history of the NBA. The key players were Ben Gordon, Bobcats Guard, who came off the bench and scored 34 points, and Anthony Davis who had 23 points in his return from his injury. After a tough lost against the Sixers, the Hornets came back with a big win against the Bobcats. The Hornets controlled this game all the way, winning 107-99.
The Hornets look strong this season. They will really be tested on Wednesday, Nov. 14 as they take on the red-hot Houston Rockets in Houston.