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    Game 13: New Orleans Hornets @ Phoenix Suns, Friday, 11/23/2012 9:00 PM EST

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    Greivis Vasquez - Roger Mason Jr. - Al-Farouq Aminu - Ryan Anderson - Robin Lopez








    Goran Dragic - Shannon Brown - Michael Beasley - Markieff Morris - Marcin Gortat


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    As much as the New Orleans Hornets might miss big man Anthony Davis, there's probably little he could do about their defensive problems on the perimeter.

    Opponents are hitting 3-pointers at an alarming rate against the Hornets, who could be without Davis again as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss Friday night in a road game against the Phoenix Suns.

    Davis has missed the past two games with an ankle injury after sitting out a pair earlier this month due to a concussion. It remains unclear when or if the top overall pick will return on New Orleans' four-game road trip, which began Wednesday with a 115-107 overtime loss to Indiana.

    The 15 3-pointers the Pacers hit -- in 27 attempts -- were the most by a Hornets opponent since the 2010-11 season. Indiana's Paul George had no more than 20 points or four 3s in a game this season, but he was 9 of 13 from beyond the arc and scored 37.

    "When teams are hitting 3s like that, you just have to tip your hat to 'em," coach Monty Williams said. "Some of those shots were just like, it wasn't our night. Some of 'em, we lost guys. That's unforgivable."

    The Hornets (3-7) have let the opposition make 56 of 117 (47.9 percent) from beyond the arc over the past four games. No other team has given up more than 45 3s in its last four.

    They've surrendered at least 100 points in every contest during their five-game losing streak after holding each of their first five opponents under that mark. New Orleans is forcing a Western Conference-low 12.7 turnovers per game.

    "We're still learning the rotations of the defense," center Jason Smith said. "... It's really one of our things that we're trying to emphasize to guys, play defense first and things will come easy on offense. I think we just gotta get better at that defensive end. We're giving up too many 3s."

    Ryan Anderson has made 8 of 13 from 3-point range starting the last two games in place of Davis, who is averaging 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.

    Fellow Hornets big man Robin Lopez had season highs of 21 points and 13 boards Wednesday but went 3 of 17 from the field. This will be his first time facing the Suns (5-7) since being traded to New Orleans in July.

    Lopez's matchup with the man he backed up last season could be a key Friday. Center Marcin Gortat has averaged 17.0 points and shot 63.2 percent in Phoenix's wins, compared to 8.3 and 45.8 percent in its losses.

    Gortat's 22 points helped the Suns snap a three-game skid with a 114-87 rout of Portland on Wednesday.

    It was their first game since coach Alvin Gentry inserted Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown into the starting lineup for Luis Scola and Jared Dudley. Morris scored a season-high 19 points and Brown added 10. The Suns are 0-4 when Brown fails to score in double figures.

    "We came out ready to play," Gortat said. "We had two new guys in the starting lineup and we were a little bit better defensively. It's a great win but we need to forget about it really fast."

    This is the first meeting between these teams since last season, when Phoenix lost the first one by one before winning the last three by at least 15 points apiece.

    Source: ESPN
    Last edited by king4day; 11-23-2012 at 07:47 PM.

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    After what Gortat did to Leonard expect us to go hard at Lopez.

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    Coro says both Rivers and Davis are out. Mason is starting but I'm guessing on Anderson.

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    Anyone have a feed to watch the game onlinw
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    2015 ARIZONA WILL OWN THE SPORTS WORLD.

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    You don't want to. =/.

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    Ok now. Tucker you keep hitting 3's like that and the starting SF position is yours.

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    Wow

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    Amazing comeback. Starting to let it slip away right now though. Having to rally from so far back can really gas a team.

    And can any of you defend Beasley at this point? He is making Josh Childress' signing look brilliant in comparison. Worst player in the entire league up to this point in the season.

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    ^^Yeah actually we can. According to team sources, beat writers and commentators he still dealing with an injury on his shooting hand. When the injury passes and this continue then yeah. But until then the whole organization is going to defend him with that excuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    ^^Yeah actually we can. According to team sources, beat writers and commentators he still dealing with an injury on his shooting hand. When the injury passes and this continue then yeah. But until then the whole organization is going to defend him with that excuse.
    Its a pretty flimsy excuse. 99.9% of his problems is that he is an idiot. He takes awful shots, healthy finger or not, he isnt going to hit many runners with 2 men on him. And he might be the worst defender in the entire league, and that has NOTHING to do with his finger. We had a 40 point swing tonight between his minutes and Tucker's.

    Speaking of Tucker... wow. What a find. I cant imagine where we would be right now without him. We'd probably be lucky to have 2 wins at this point.

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    Regardless if he can't perform to standard put players who can I want W's not L's.

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    ^^^Well tell that to Gentry and the rest of the staff and I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of the time they going to say he is "dealing with an injury that is throwing off his game and it's just a matter of overcoming the injury".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    ^^^Well tell that to Gentry and the rest of the staff and I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of the time they going to say he is "dealing with an injury that is throwing off his game and it's just a matter of overcoming the injury".
    Only problem with that theory is that Beasley has always been a crappy player. But hey, maybe he has been dealing with his widdle pinky for 5 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrazbit View Post
    Only problem with that theory is that Beasley has always been a crappy player. But hey, maybe he has been dealing with his widdle pinky for 5 years now.
    Well mention that to the front office. There's a reason he was our first free agent target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Well mention that to the front office. There's a reason he was our first free agent target.
    I wish I could have back before they signed him. Its not exactly breaking news that in recent years our front office is not among the better ones around the league.

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