Hornets.com postgame: Nuggets 93, Hornets 80

Thursday, March 18, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

The situation for the Hornets was less than an ideal one, playing the second game of a back-to-back, against one of the Western Conference’s best teams. For the first two-plus quarters, New Orleans played like a weary, overmatched opponent, falling behind by as many as 27 points. After a late surge that brought the Hornets within single digits, the Nuggets answered, keeping New Orleans (33-37) at arm’s length en route to a victory.

Other news:

• TNT’s Cheryl Miller interviewed Chris Paul during a break in the action to learn more about Paul’s progress and potential return from injury. Miller asked if he may come back either Saturday at Utah or Monday vs. Dallas in NOLA, but the three-time All-Star declined to commit to a specific date. “I’m moving pretty well,” he said. “I’m having good days, day in and day out. I wouldn’t say I’m at full speed, but I’m getting there. Assistant coach Robert Pack has been working me out before games, with one of my friends (Hornets video coordinator Irving Roland). So I’m getting there.”

Paul added on Darren Collison: “He’s been playing unbelievable. But it’s hard with all the injuries we have. But he’s doing a great job. I’m happy he’s on the team. I can’t wait to get back so I can play with him.”

• You wouldn’t expect one of the Hornets’ poorest offensive games of the season to come against an opponent that plays so up-tempo and was without one of their best defenders (Kenyon Martin), but that’s what happened. New Orleans hadn’t scored 80 points or fewer since Jeff Bower’s head coaching debut on Nov. 13, when it tallied 78 in a game that was perhaps most notable for Paul’s in-game ankle injury.

The Hornets actually put five players in double-digit scoring tonight, but no one had more than 15 points.