Guess what Monty Williams and Dell Demps? Give Marcus Thornton 41 minutes a game and he might just drop 42 for ya. On 13-20 shooting. On 4-7 from deep. Maybe the young guard who’s so explosive and agile, always avoiding contact, will only have 1 FTA (made) at half, but then the other team will be forced to hack him mercilessly on the other side, desperate to stop him, somehow: only to find the guy ending up at 12-14 from the line. Maybe this mythical hero would also add 3 boards, an assist, and 4 steals for good measure. Oh, and with ZERO turnovers.
And for those jokers out there saying Buckets could only do it on a losing team? This came in a blow-out win. Scoring is scoring. It always helps.
In comparison, the Hornets’ starting 2, Marco Belinelli, went 3-10 (3-8 from deep), and his backup, Willie Green, went 7-16 (3-4 from deep). Not bad, but that was 10-26 in 54 minutes of play. Belinelli’s and Green’s combined 27 not even close to Thornton’s production, even with 13 more minutes of play. Oh, and when the Hornets’ vaunted defense failed, it was their inability to keep pace with the high-scoring Nuggets that led to the loss. Weird.
Ticktock6 said “Lil’ Buckets” graduated to just plain “Buckets” when he dropped 30+ on the Cavs last year. Maybe now that he’s cracked 40+ he’s “Big Buckets” or “Bi’ Buckets.” Take your pick, or twist it your own way. Sadly, we’ll have to leave it to the Kings fans to decide. Because the Hornets management couldn’t find a way to use either of two of the best five rookies from last year. In particular, Thornton is immensely talented, and anyone who’s watched a modicum of basketball should have realized it. Shame. Our loss is their gain.
I’m happy for Marcus, though, and wish him the best. I just wish it was happening in New Orleans. To all those who felt otherwise? (And you know who you are.) Well. We were right. And you were wrong.