Monday, March 30, 2009

NBA News – Hornets Hold Off Manu’s Spurs

With the playoffs season just around the corner, two of the biggest franchise in the West over the last 5 years should have wrapped it up all by now. Instead one is still fighting to hold on to its precious while the other’s playoffs hopes seem to fading away.

Manu GINOBILI and the Spurs travel to play against the New Orleans Hornet to strengthen their position in the Western Conference. Instead it was another minor setback and a reminder that the fight in the West is still on.

Inspired by Chris PAUL the Hornets manage to hold them off to a 90-86 win. Manu came from the bench to deliver his best ever performance since returning from injury with 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists & 1 steal.

But still he was far from his usual self knocking out just 36% of his shots. Hopefully he will get better when it really matters in April. Fabricio OBERTO was still out with an irregular heart beat and we will keep a close eye on his situation.

Sacramento Kings may have the worst record in the NBA this season but it seems they were the playing as if they were fighting for a spot in the West. The dealt huge blows on the Phoenix Suns post season hopes with 126-118 win. It was another high spirit performance from Andres NOCIONI, posting 19 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist & 3 block shot to his credit. Perhaps maybe this could be a sign of good things to come from the SacTown next season.


Chuck said...

Everyone's high on the Kings for next season, and with good reason. They've got Kevin Martin, two young bigs in Hawes and Jason Thompson, and just the right sort of veteran in Nocioni. Now if they just find a point guard, they could make a big move up the standings.

Derek Major said...

I think Roger Mason Jr. will have more of an impact come the post-season but as for now Mason and George Hill are still trying to find how they fit in. I'm pretty sure Popovich doesn't want them jacking up shots trying to take over.

When the time comes I expect them both to contribute heavily but they still need Ginobili and Duncan and Parker to lead the way even if it's not on the court.