Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Of all the games to miss, I chose this one

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 8:35 PM

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With my photographer in D.C. for some reason or another,  a laundry list of errands and the lowly Pacers in town, I figured it wouldn't it wouldn't hurt to miss my first Hornets game of the season.

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Boy, can I pick 'em.

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The Hornets were out two starters (including that big-headed dude) and New Orleans-native Danny Granger was doing his best to ruin the holiday for his hometown team and Chris Paul had his FIRST EVER game-winning buzzer-beater in front of a sold-out crowd. No, I didn't get to see it live — or even live on TV for that matter.

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No, this is not a moment for delusional excitement (in fact, you could argue going down to the wire against a 15–26 team is cause for concern, but I digress). But it was a gutsy win against a scrappy team that threatened to catch the Hornets sleeping once again. Most importantly, Chris Paul's first buzzer-beater puts him on another level of greatness — an affirmation that he can truly win games on his own.

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There are many questions to come — mostly about how long Tyson Chandler's ankle and David West's back will keep their team shorthanded but also about how the Hornets will handle their upcoming schedule with 10 of their next 14 games played at home — but today isn't a time for all that. Let's just bask in all the joy and good will out there and get back to work tomorrow.

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Oh, and props to our friends over at Hornets247.com, have joined the TrueHoop Network. It's an honor that's well deserved.

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