To put it lightly about the New Orleans Hornets game four loss to the Denver Nuggets, they could not have played any worst. The only issue with that statement is that they matched the worst playoff performance by a team in NBA playoff history.
The Nuggets beat the Hornets by an astounding 58 point rout in the final of 121-63. The Nuggets has seven players score in double-figures and only reserve guard Anthony Carter did not score.
This matched the greatest one-sided affair in NBA history which takes us all the way back to 1956 with the Minneapolis Lakers beat the St Louis Hawks by the same margin. Finally I get to show some love towards 1956 Minneapolis Lakers.
The Nuggets have appeared to be cruising through the NBA playoffs and appeared to have a team that could challenge the Lakers for the Western Conference title. Chauncey Billups along with Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith seem to have this team running on all cylinders and this might arguably be the best team that Nuggets head coach George Karl has coached since the 1995-1996 Seattle Supersonics.
In the case of the New Orleans Hornets, they just do not seem to have the same magic that they had last year. Teams seem to be hounding Chris Paul and forcing his teammates to beat him instead of letting Chris Paul beat them. The Hornets seem to not be focused and forced to play Denver’s “fun and gun style” which has taken them completely out of their element.
To Quote thy Denver Nuggets blog, “The Denver Stiffs”
As noted in the headline of this game recap, the Hornets should seriously consider NOT flying to Denver tonight and just save the jet fuel for next season, because their season is over. As my friend Justin who was watching the game with me and 12 other Nuggets fans aptly pointed out: “It’s losses like this that ruin franchises for 10 years.” When you’re on the wrong side of a 53 year old playoff blowout record, that’s exactly what might happen.
To be honest it will not surprise me if the Hornets will be elsewhere in ten years, that is what happens when you run into the buzzsaw that is the Denver Nuggets this season.
In a year that has seen the Arizona Cardinals make the Super Bowl and almost win, Barack Obama win the election to become our next president, and Britney Spears make a comeback. Who says the Denver Nuggets cannot win it all.
In the end, the New Orleans Hornets proved that all they were, “The Great Pretenders”