April 16, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (15) prepares to shoot as he is defended by New Orleans Hornets guard Marco Belinelli (8) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Hornets win 75-67. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Our beloved New Orleans Hornets (enjoy it while it lasts) continue on the road tonight to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. The Hornets enter the game having won four straight and five of six; easily their best stretch of the season. Memphis, meanwhile, just beat Minnesota (thank you) to get back to their winning ways as they've won 11 of their last 15 games as well. I suppose, in essence, this makes it a match-up between two of the hottest teams in the league.
New Orleans, still with nothing to play for, continues to compete on a nightly basis and seems to enjoy playing the role of spoiler. They just defeated this same Grizzlies team on Sunday 88-75 at the New Orleans Arena. In that game, the Hornets forced 21 Memphis turnovers and held them to one of their lowest scoring outputs for the season. Essentially, they shut down everyone except for Rudy Gay. But the Hornets, although coming off a win, are coming off an ugly offensive performance of their own at Charlotte last Sunday. Something's gotta give.
For the Grizzlies, Marco Gasol still played against the Timberwolves coming off of a knee bruise he suffered in the match-up against the Hornets, but they will still be without Darrell Arthur (ACL). For the Hornets, it changes on a nightly basis, but the team is supposed to be without Jarrett Jack (foot), Emeka Okafor (knee), Chris Johnson (concussion), and Chris Kaman (tibia).
May not be able to say it much longer so I'll say it as often as I can: Geaux Hornets!