I’m going to the game tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas to catch up with the Hornets. Check back here throughout the game for a live blog of all the action. Tip is 7:30. The game will be broadcast on FSN here in Oklahoma.
Things aren’t looking good for the Hornets right now. They’re injured again. First they lost Peja Stojakovic (strained groin) and Morris Peterson (strained back muscle), and now Melvin Ely (fractured left eye socket). Don’t know exactly what that last one is but it sounds painful. Apparently, Kenyon Martin elbowed him in the head Wednesday night in Denver.
Ely is definitely out, but Peja and Peterson reportedly have a chance to play tonight after practicing full speed Thursday. Chris Paul is healthy and so is David West and Tyson Chandler, so the Hornets should have a decent chance with that trio. The Mavs haven’t played well at all lately. They were blown out the other night by the Raptors in Toronto (92-76).
A few notes….
Hornets are 14-8. Mavs are 14-9.
Chris Paul scored 33 points with 12 assist and nine rebounds in the last meeting, a 112-108 Hornets win, their first in eight years.
Dallas is 9-2 at home. New Orleans is 8-3 on the road.