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BlondeBomber41
11-15-2008, 02:22 AM
New Orleans Hornets have homecourt Advantage

New Orleans Hornets Lineup

C-Tyson Chandler/Steven Hunter/Robert Swift
PF-Amare Stoudemire/Glen Davis/Hilton Armstrong
SF-Trevor Ariza/Ryan Bowen/Corey Maggette
SG-Corey Maggette/Bonzi Wells/Ryan Bowen
PG-Chris Paul/Taurean Green/Trevor Ariza


Utah Jazz Lineup:


PG Williams/Pargo/Price
SG Brewer/Rush/Almond
SF Jefferson/Harpring
PF Boozer/Williams/Walker/Hickson
C Perkins/Milicic/Hickson/Collins



New Orleans Hornets Writeup

These two teams match up very well. There's no denying that. The Jazz staff did an excellent job putting their team together and there's no question they could hang with my team as easily as I could hang with theirs.

I won't bother delving too deep into one-on-one defensive matchups because defense won't be the major factor in this series. Looking up and down the lineups, it's going to be more about who can outscore who. In which case, my team has the advantage.

C-Tyson Chandler vs. Carlos Boozer: I will have Chandler guarding Boozer. Chandler is longer and takes up more space for a guy like Boozer who needs both to operate from mid range and in the low post. Both Chandler and Amare are great post defenders and I have shot blocking specialist Steven Hunter off the bench who can help me limit Boozer to his season averages or less.
Edge: Jazz

PF-Amare Stoudemire vs. Kendrick Perkins: No problem for Amare. Offensively, Perkins is more talented than people give him credit for, but he's not even a double digit scoring threat. Amare on the other hand averages 25 a game with Nash running the show and now he has the best playmaker in the league feeding him the ball. Perk can't defend Amare from midrange (assuming that's who the Jazz would wisely use to defend him) and he's not athletic or quick enough to handle Amare in the post. As I stated in the previous series, Amare is at his best when he isn't hounded with defending a high scoring post threat on the other team. This matchup is no different. He's got Sean Williams off the bench, I've got Glen Davis. Two very different players who do very different things. No effect on the advantage I have here.
Edge: Hornets

SF-Trevor Ariza vs. Richard Jefferson: Ariza is the perfect defender for a player like R-Jeff. He's just as long, just as athletic, and he excels defending the ball. That said, Jefferson isn't the type of player who can be made a non-factor in a 7 game series by any means. He's a perennial all-star. I'll give their bench a slight edge at this position.
Edge: Jazz

SG-Corey Maggette vs. Ronnie Brewer: Much like Ariza vs. Jefferson, Brewer has the right kind of build to defend a player like Maggette. That said, Maggette would still contribute plenty to this series. Bonzi has the edge over Rush. Rush is just a shooter while Bonzi can do a little bit of everything.
Edge: Hornets

PG-Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams: The marquee matchup of the series and maybe the playoffs. D-Will seems to be the only player who can ever do anything to successfully defend CP3. Paul will have more success driving in on the less than intimidating frontcourt presence of Boozer and Perkins on the Jazz front than Williams will going to the hoop against TC and Amare. Regardless, these are the two best PGs in the NBA and each of them will put up eye popping numbers and make some great plays throughout the series.
Edge: Even

All in all, the Hornets offense if more potent than Utah's. So what wins the series for the Hornets? Help defense. Amare and Chandler aren't known for their defense on the ball, but both of them are incredibly long, agile athletes who excel on help defense. Boozer is a very poor post defender any way you look at it and Perkins isn't going to jump out of the gym to block a shot like Chandler and Amare can. If you're Chris Paul or Deron Williams who would you rather drive in on? Boozer and Perkins or Chandler and Stoudemire?



Utah Jazz Write Up

PG - again, another great matchup. its a toss up here. paul has the speed and williams has the strength. i consider this an even matchup, neither player can edge each other for being better. both were on the olympic team and played a lot. i think i beat the hornets with my backup PG though. i give them a taste of their own medicine by having pargo. a great scorer, very quick, which is good against paul, and he is MUCH better than taurean green all across the board.

SG - ronnie brewer puts up solid numbers. his 12 points a game a great for a role player. he also spreads the floor by shooting over 42% from behind the 3 point line. that creates lanes for us on O. he can get some points off vs maggette. defensively, he is a great man to man defender and can lock down maggette. his defense is pivotal. rush is similar to brewer. good D and solid O. wells is ok but is a headcase at times and is only most effective when he is posting up. thats not good for a sg.

SF - RJ brings us the attack from the wing. he averages over 22 a game. he gets points and will force the issue and get to the foul line. ariza is a good defender but RJ is also a great scorer. with his experience and strength, he should push a taller, lanky ariza around. rj's d is good. he can lock down opponents when needed and ariza is defender first, scorer second. thats helps us. rj will do a good enough job against him. we win the backup matchup again. harpring will spread the floor out and give us more shooting with brewer. ryan bowen is not on harpring's level.

PF - very good matchup. the strong, stocky boozer vs the athletic freak amare stodimire. ill admit that one on one not on the block, amare will beat him because of speed and power. on the post though, amare cannot handle boozer's strength. plus amare is known for being a lazy on ball defender. boozer will get his points on the block and will get fouled while amare will get points in transition and from the outside. sean williams off the bench is similar to amare. that is a good counter. sean williams also got more rebounds and points last year than glen davis, their backup.

C - chandler wins this matchup. perkins is a great low block defender though. chandler is an adequate offensive option but will not see the ball a lot with paul, maggette, and amare on the same squad. defensively, chandler will be limited by a good low post defender in perkins. on offense, perkins play a similar low post game but chandler is bigger and stronger. perkins will hustle for boards and set picks on the outside to get a slower chandler out of his comfort zone. milicic is a better backup than hunter. hunter is a journeyman center that will only play when he needs to. while darko is not what he lived up to, his 7 points a game and 6 boards will help the front line tremendously.

conclusion - basically, we feel we can win this matchup because of our depth. their starting lineup may be a little better than ours, but our bench is significantly better than theirs. a game is 48 minutes and the depth of our team will help us win the game. we have 10 guys that can play and that will be crucial in the game.

SteveNash
11-15-2008, 02:54 AM
It looks pretty close then you look at New Orleans bench and it's just terrible.

Taurean Green and Trevor Ariza as your backup point guards? That's on top of Deron dominating Paul like usual. And Amare is the only other player that can create his own shot.

Are Bonzi and Ryan Bowen even in the league any more?

Robert Swift? Hilton Armstong?

Utah probably sweeps NO.

DreamShaker
11-15-2008, 03:47 AM
It looks pretty close then you look at New Orleans bench and it's just terrible.

Taurean Green and Trevor Ariza as your backup point guards? That's on top of Deron dominating Paul like usual. And Amare is the only other player that can create his own shot.

Are Bonzi and Ryan Bowen even in the league any more?

Robert Swift? Hilton Armstong?

Utah probably sweeps NO.

Wow I didn't notice the bench as it's like 2AM and I'm tired but I still just think Amare and CP3 are gonna just kill everyone in their path....putting them two together is just unfair....

superkegger
11-15-2008, 03:57 AM
Well I felt I had a better team than the jazz and they beat me, so in my book, they win this matchup.

Catfish1314
11-15-2008, 11:52 AM
It looks pretty close then you look at New Orleans bench and it's just terrible.

Taurean Green and Trevor Ariza as your backup point guards? That's on top of Deron dominating Paul like usual. And Amare is the only other player that can create his own shot.

Are Bonzi and Ryan Bowen even in the league any more?

Robert Swift? Hilton Armstong?

Utah probably sweeps NO.

First of all, the reserves at PG and SF are the only problem this team has with depth. Bonzi, Davis, and Hunter are all adequate back-ups. Armstrong and Swift are 3rd stringers, so your idea of singling them out means nothing.

Oh and Amare isn't the only player other than Paul who can create his own shot. Ever heard of Corey Maggette? 22 and 5 last year? Just about that much for his career.

SteveNash
11-15-2008, 07:44 PM
First of all, the reserves at PG and SF are the only problem this team has with depth. Bonzi, Davis, and Hunter are all adequate back-ups. Armstrong and Swift are 3rd stringers, so your idea of singling them out means nothing.

Oh and Amare isn't the only player other than Paul who can create his own shot. Ever heard of Corey Maggette? 22 and 5 last year? Just about that much for his career.

Steven Hunter, so adequate he's injured and might never play again:
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/nov/08/nuggets-hunter-have-knee-surgery-season-and-career/

Bonzi wells, so adequate teams didn't play him when they basically had him for free. So adequate no one picks him up as a free agent.

Corey Maggette, what does 5 rebounds have to do with creating his own shot? How is 22 PPG about his career average of 16? Maggette assisted on 65% of his baskets, which puts him ahead of a guy like Tyson Chandler (61%).

njnets
11-15-2008, 07:44 PM
i thought it would be closer because of my strong bench. guess not.

Nets fan 93
11-15-2008, 11:02 PM
Great job njnets... i voted for you in this series...

njnets
11-15-2008, 11:37 PM
thanks. someone appreciated my work. apparently 15 don't lol.

SensandRaps
11-15-2008, 11:52 PM
hornets win this series imo

Catfish1314
11-16-2008, 01:09 AM
Bonzi wells, so adequate teams didn't play him when they basically had him for free. So adequate no one picks him up as a free agent.

Every agent he's ever had is a moron so it's no surprise he hasn't been picked up yet. And like Ron Artest and others, Bonzi has a tendency to overrate himself. He probably hasn't been offered near what he thinks he's worth. He's not the most consistent player in the world, but he's good at just about everything. Wells is more than adequate as a reserve.


Corey Maggette, what does 5 rebounds have to do with creating his own shot? How is 22 PPG about his career average of 16? Maggette assisted on 65% of his baskets, which puts him ahead of a guy like Tyson Chandler (61%).

You COMPLETELY missed my point about Maggette. He averaged 22 a game last year and has averaged 20+ a game in previous seasons. You overlooked him in saying that Amare and Paul were the only players on my team who could create their own shots.

njnets
11-16-2008, 01:23 PM
good job catfish. best of luck down the road.

Catfish1314
11-16-2008, 04:00 PM
Thanks.

For what it's worth, I sincerely thought you might beat me in this one. Your team matches up with mine very well. Great team.

njnets
11-16-2008, 05:06 PM
yea i thought i could get the votes to swing my way because i had a better bench but that wasn't the case. now its redraft time. :D