You have to feel something for the beleaguered New Orleans Hornets, who had to finish up the preseason with a back-to-back on the road. Reasonably, they decided to rest Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor, and Peja Stojakovic was used sparingly. That pretty much left David West as the only Bee with extensive experience at the Frank Deford Center, and West scored seemingly at will, rolling up 24 points in 29 minutes. It didn’t help the Hornets, though, who were flattened by the Thunder, 101-86.
OKC finishes the preseason at 4-3. Still unseen: Nick Collison, who caught a bruise in training camp; major improvements at the post; whatever name is going to be pasted on the building, which the broadcast crew has been referring to as the Oklahoma City Arena.
The season opener is Wednesday, at home against the Chicago Bulls.