Hornets.com postgame: Hornets 108, Warriors 102

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Given how sparingly they’ve been utilized in December, Bobby Brown and Julian Wright are two names you probably didn’t expect to see factoring into the Hornets’ victory tonight. However, based on the unusual style of play that Golden State relies on, as well as the Warriors’ propensity for small lineups, neither Hornet seemed surprised that their numbers were called by Jeff Bower.

Brown, who had not played in the previous eight games, tallied eight points, all in the fourth quarter. He has been inactive at times recently, but he knew when he was activated that there was a decent chance he’d get on the floor.

“Once I was told that I was going to be active, I just had the mindset to be ready,” the second-year guard said. “Golden State uses a three-guard or four-guard lineup a lot, and we have the same matchups on our side. Overall, it was just important for me to stay ready. When your name is called you have to go out there and make plays.”

Wright had registered seven DNP-coach’s decisions over the past eight games, but based on the up-tempo style of play Golden State often tries to generate, the Kansas product’s ability to match up against various wing players made him an attractive option.

“A team like Golden State is very athletic and likes to get up and down the floor,” said Wright, who finished with eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. “They cause mismatch problems. I just wanted to go out and give the team a lot of energy.”

“I was real happy for Julian,” Bower said in his postgame talk with the media. “He had a real solid contribution. I was really pleased that he was ready to perform and helped us win.

“In Bobby’s case, Golden State had so many guards that we felt it was important to have him activated in case we needed to use him. We were pleased with his minutes and contributions. I’m happy for him.”

Marks sustains injury setback

For the second consecutive year, the start of Sean Marks’ season has been interrupted by injury. In 2008-09, a calf injury prevented him from making his New Orleans debut until Thanksgiving. This season, his first regular season action came on Nov. 13, but after appearing in five games, he’s been out almost a month due to a shoulder injury. His last game was Nov. 25 vs. Milwaukee.

Just when it seemed he might be closing in on a imminent return to the court, Marks sustained a strained plantaris muscle in his lower left leg today at shootaround. He will be out an indefinite period of time.