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Hornets-Knicks

The New Orleans Hornets just can’t seem to get out of their own way. The team suffered another loss this week, this time to the New York Knicks. The Hornets have been bolstered by the return of Eric Gordon to the active lineup but even his 22 points weren’t enough to overcome the mighty Knicks. Contrary to popular belief Gordon has not been a great fantasy basketball player this year. He’s been better than the average player but scoring points is just not enough. You need to get at least three categories consistently and Gordon just doesn’t do that. He can hit three pointers but he never gives you enough assists, steals, or rebounds to really move himself up the ranks of fantasy basketball shooting guards. He only managed three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the game against New York which was a disappointing game to say the least.

For the Knicks things were much different. This team looked as good as it ever had against the overmatched Hornets. Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring and delivered just enough rebounds, assists, and three pointers to make it worthwhile but he did miss a lot of shots during the game. If you own Anthony in fantasy basketball this is routine by now. He’s a selfish player that takes far more shots than he should but he makes up for it by delivering several categories. Amar’e Stoudemire and JR Smith each had down nights but Chris Copeland and Tyson Chandler more than made up for it. Chandler got 14 rebounds and three blocks while Copeland got 22 points and four three pointers. Neither did much besides that but both were good enough in a few key categories to be solid performers for the night. Don’t read too much into Copeland’s performance either because he’s not going to make a habit of this.

Right now, the New Orleans Hornets are mainly just focused on getting their teams ready by developing their players and allowing them to play together. They are not a contender this year, and they are probably not going to be next year either. All of their best players are very young though, so they have a good chance at making a huge splash as time goes on. As for the Knicks, they are much more in a win-now type of mode. It will be interesting to see if they actually pull that off.


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