"He runs the pick-and-roll as well as anyone in the league other than maybe Steve (Nash)
,” Carlesimo said. "I put them 1-2. Their decision making is so good it’s unbelievable. He and Steve are both pass-first guys, but they can also score and play for teams well constructed for their talents.”
The Hornets received a large ovation in pre-game warm-ups. The loudest reception for either team was Chris Paul
"That was great,” said New Orleans coach Byron Scott
. "That shows they still think about us here. I know we think about them. We had a great time here. The fans were unbelievable. My wife still talks about how great it was here. It’s something that will be with us the rest of our lives.”
Thunder center Robert Swift
, suffering from back spasms, didn’t suit out for Friday’s game. The injury occurred sometime Friday. Swift has appeared in seven games, starting four. He has averaged 3.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, including a career-high 13 rebounds against New York.
The Thunder and Hornets will play again tonight in New Orleans.