Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This up-and-down trend is nauseating

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM

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Flashback to this past Friday night right after the Hornets won a tight game against an up-and-coming Trailblazers team and Saints fans felt like they had hit rock-bottom, fearing the possibility that their team might actually lose to the Chiefs. One team's season was just beginning while the others' seemed on the brink of ending.

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And now we're here today and those same two teams seemed to have their roles reversed. Now it's the Hornets who are on edge and fighting in practice and it's the Saints spreading (most likely false) hope to the masses. Who knew, indeed.

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At least for the moment, the talk is about that fourth-quarter drive and how the No-Name Saints and how finally found players that were able to step up in place of injured teammates (seriously, who is Jeff Charleston?). And, if however briefly, there are rumblings among Hornets fans that this may not be the year (thanks, Kobe, Pao, et al.) and that the coaches need to shake things up.

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But if you dig deep, you'll find some semblance of rationality and measured thought. Like the sober analysis regarding where the Saints stand this season and that, with Green Bay and a resurgent Ryan Grant coming to town next Monday, the defense needs play a bit better than it had to against the Chiefs. We can also see why Byron Scott is the reigning NBA Coach of the Year: because he realizes that the NBA season is barely a 1/4 of the way through and that if his players are fighting in practice, they must really care about what they do.

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Can't wait until next week and the possibility of a Saints loss and a Hornets win-streak to see everyone back to where they were last week. Aren't New Orleans sports just the best?

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