NBA preseason: Warriors 126, Hornets 92

Thursday, October 22, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

The Hornets’ trend of non-competitive efforts away from New Orleans in preseason continued tonight, with the visitors dropping to 2-5 in their eight-game exhibition schedule. Both of New Orleans’ preseason victories have taken place in the Hive, but it has lost each of its road or neutral-site contests.

With multiple players for both teams sitting out due to injury or illness, Golden State took complete control in the second half. The Warriors’ lead at halftime was just 55-53.

Byron Scott called it “get-through mode,” meaning at this point in preseason, New Orleans would like nothing more than for the regular season to begin without any new injuries. Projected Hornets starters Chris Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor and Julian Wright all sat out tonight, along with Ike Diogu. Okafor and Diogu have yet to appear in a game.

Darren Collison paced the Hornets with 17 points, on 5-for-10 shooting. He had 13 points in the first half. Darius Songaila added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in only 22 minutes.

Head Coach Byron Scott

“I just didn’t like the second half, period. I thought the guys who started the game came off soft. The first play of the game was a turnover and we ended up turning the ball over eight or nine time that quarter. We just didn’t come out with the right frame of mind. It was probably the worst half we played in a long time.
“Mentally I think we are a very fragile team. I think we are mentally weak. We have to be a lot tougher than that. When things start going wrong our guys all of sudden start to get away from each other, rather than come together. Then all of sudden the communication on defense end stops. We can’t be that weak minded as a basketball team if you want to be successful in this league. That was very disappointing watching that in the second half.”

Darren Collison
“We have to be more careful out there as a team. As a point guard I have to be an extension of the coach on the floor, and with Chris Paul out tonight it fell on me to be a leader of this team. I feel like I can be more vocal, but more importantly we as a team had to many turnovers which led to a lot of transition buckets. We were in this game in the 1st half, and things started to go downhill from there because of turnovers.”

On Playing the Warriors: “They have a good young team who can go up and down on the floor. If they continue to play together, they can be pretty good. They have a few guards who can play different positions, and that is always good when someone isn’t going on an particular night. ”