In a seven game series there are many chances for momentum to turn. Should the new Orleans Hornets pull out a victory they will have erased the embarrassment of their game one beat down and will be in position to win the series by winning the three remaining games in New Orleans.
No one seems to give the New Orleans Hornets much of a chance to win tonight, but I do not think the final score of the first game was indicative of how closely matched these two teams are. I fully expect to see a more aggressive Chris Paul and David West will certainly make more midrange jumpers tonight than he did Sunday. The Hornets have had a chance to see how the Nuggets want to defend the pick and roll and they can game plan for it. Paul has had a chance to watch some film and see all of the opportunities he missed to be aggressive. I did not hear anyone acknowledge that Peja had a solid shooting performance in game one making three of his six three point attempts.
In my opinion the only thing that Hornets fans should really worry about is the health of Tyson Chandler, but he proved in game one he could be effective even though he looked gimpy from time to time. Their bench is not great, but if Paul, West and Peja all get the job done they do not have to be.
This is a dangerous game and for all the good feelings in the Pepsi Center during game one should the Nuggets let up at all they will find themselves facing a revitalized Hornets team in New Orleans for games three and four.
I do think the Nuggets have turned a corner. I think they will play much better from the start tonight as the win in game one should allow them to play with confidence. I also think this team has a hunger to advance that they have not possessed in the past.
I think game two is going to be a knock ‘em down drag ‘em out dog fight. Do not expect to see any starters sitting courtside in the fourth quarter tonight.
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