The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 February 2006


The Hornets blew hot and cold at the Target Center: after fighting back from a 14-point deficit halfway through the second quarter to an 11-point lead late in the third to five points behind midway through the fourth, they finally put Minnesota away, 100-94.

Not that the T-Wolves were any more consistent, but they owned the boards, and it's hard to argue with Kevin Garnett, who snagged 21 of those boards along with 19 points before descending into visible bitterness in the last couple of minutes.

All five starting Bees got double figures: Speedy Claxton got 28, within one of his career high, and Kirk Snyder got 28, six more than his.

The Hornets have Sunday off. The Wizards come to the Ford Center on Monday, followed by the TrailBlazers on Wednesday.

Posted at 9:38 PM to Net Proceeds

Thanks for keeping the faith about the Hornets. Can you believe I actually watched them on tv last night? What's this world coming to!!!

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 2:58 AM on 12 February 2006

One of the fascinating aspects of this team was the fact that the rest of the league and the army of Sports Pundits had written off this team before the season even started: no home to call their own, no star players, and how are they going to improve on that miserable 18-64 record?

Yet here are the Bees, fifty games into the season, perched at 27-23, tied for third in the tough Southwest division (I note in passing that the Denver Nuggets, in first place in the Northwest, are 27-25), and 427,000 people have come to see them in 23 games at the Ford Center. Chris Paul has emerged as a genuine superstar — he's almost a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year — and David West is a legitimate contender for Most Improved. And with Paul sidelined, the Hornets have still won three in a row.

From the poorhouse to the playoffs! Somebody tell me why I shouldn't be keeping the faith.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:50 AM on 12 February 2006

and so you should! woohoo!

Posted by: Dr. Jan at 12:31 PM on 12 February 2006