17 April 2006
Set by the Suns
The second consecutive "let's see what the bench can do" game, inasmuch as the Hornets aren't going anywhere in the postseason, and it was even quirkier than last night's game: Brandon Bass started, for the first time ever, and by gum, Arvydas Macijauskas put in some minutes and picked up seven points. Marcus Fizer made his second appearance, scoring nine; Linton Johnson scored four and snagged seven boards. Me, I was just hoping Sean Kelley would have to deal with both Arvydas Macijauskas and Phoenix forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili, which he did.
Oh, the score? Suns 115, Hornets 78.
Byron Scott has been making noises about half the team coming back next year, which means, of course, that half of them won't. The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry predicted who'd stay and who'd go this morning, and I'm inclined to agree with most of his choices, though I think Linton Johnson has a better chance of making next year's squad than Mayberry thinks. (We can both remonstrate in silence this fall when the new lineup is announced.)
One more exercise, against the Lakers Wednesday, and the mighty Hornets machine, such as it is, goes back into drydock.Posted at 11:12 PM to Net Proceeds