28 December 2006
The Hornets are now missing three starters and the sixth man. Given this fact, you might think that even a sad-sack squad like Portland could dispatch the Bees forthwith. Allow me to correct part of this: the Trail Blazers, who won five straight earlier this month, aren't especially sad.
Jannero Pargo started at point, with Rasual Butler moving to small forward. But while the Hornets did generate occasional offense, they never managed to get past an early Portland lead, and a late rally didn't make up for another recurrence of the Third-Quarter Drought, as the Blazers won it, 100-85.
Scoring? We got some: Pargo, Butler and Desmond Mason each dropped in 16 points; Devin Brown had 13 with two more treys. But with 60-odd points per night stuck in the locker room well, you get the idea. And as is his wont, Zack Randolph blitzed the Bees, scoring 26 and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Our favorite insects will be back at the Ford on Friday, when Allen Iverson and the Nuggets come to town. (Sounds like a Southern show band, doesn't it?)