Thursday, December 11, 2008

D.J. Augustin's fans shall be heard

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 4:19 AM

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Photo by Jonathan Bachman

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As the minutes were winding down in the fourth quarter and the Hornets up by more than 20, the few fas remaining in New Orleans Arena stood and cheered for a player coming off the floor. The feat itself isn't surprising, players who have great games and lead their team to victory usually get ovations. The only thing was that the crowd wasn't cheering for a Hornets player, they were cheering for D.J. Augustin of the Bobcats.

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This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering that Augustin went to Brother Martin and the stands were packed with friends, family and 400+ students from his alma mater. By the time the Hornets closed out a convincing 105–89 win, they made up most of the fans that remained and they made themselves heard saluting Augustin's 28-point game.

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"It felt great," Augustin said. "I had all of my support here. Everybody from new orleans came to see me play and support me."

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Augustin started thanks to a last-minute trade between the Bobcats and the Phoenix Suns that sent the Bobcats leading scorer, Jason Richardson to the Suns for three players and a conditional draft pick. Though he was facing New Orleans' adopted son, Chris Paul, Augustin was not intimidated and took to the challege well.

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"You love playing against guys like that," he said. "He's quicker than he looks on T.V."

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Augustin grew up watching Paul play at Wake Forest but missed out on his rookie season due to Hurricane Katrina. While Paul and the Hornets were driven to Oklahoma City, Augustin and his family had to move to Missouri City, Texas.  None of that mattered tonight, though, as he put up a showcase despite his team's dismal performance.

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"I just play hard no matter what," he said. "No matter where we're at. I just want to win. I was trying to play hard the whole game."

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