Yeah - that's one of those games you watch with a puzzled look on your face, and when it's over you ask your buddy "what the hell just happened?"
Peja Stojakovic scored 17 on 50% shooting, West had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Paul went for 31 points and 11 assists. Normally, you'd think that would win us the game. But no, this one was never even close. I'd like to blame it on the Hornets 3-point shooting, following up on my post over at MVN,(go read it, it's cool and got numbers and stuff) because they only hit 7-22 shots(31%) from deep, but that wasn't it.
The Hornets just played like they should win that game. Marko Jaric was hitting every shot he took - and they left him wide open four times? They didn't even run at the guy. And while I'm sure it was shocking to see Antoine Walker actually hitting shots, it would still make sense to try and stop him. In all, the defense was just poor, and the 2nd unit was more focused on jacking up bad shots than anything else. When the Hornets woke up in the second half and made their run, it was too late.
I do have to give the Wolves credit though - the seemed to smell the fact that the Hornets were playing lazy and amped up their defense. They pressured the ball handlers, disrupted the Hornets offense, and contested everything inside. Kudos to them. With that said, they can go to hell.