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Open Thread: Regular Season Game 65 vs. New Orleans Hornets


The Essentials:
Hornets (39-23) at Wizards (15-49)
7:00 p.m.
Verizon Center

This year:December 30: Hornets 97, Wizards 85

Notable Hornets numbers this season:
9th in expected winning percentage (.600)
28th in pace factor (87.8 possessions per game)
9th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (109.4)
9th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (106.3)

Key Links: (drop any others in the comments)
At the Hive
Hornets 24/7
Hornets Hype
Game Day Hornets

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Hornets
Player filling in for injured starter
PG Chris Paul
Tough Juice
SG The Other Butler
Player filling in for injured starter SF Peja Stojakovic
The Last Man Standing
PF David West
Player filling in for injured starter C Tyson Chandler

The floor general is back.

No, I'm not talking about Chris Paul.

Sure, CP3 is a great player and will likely be the reason the Wizards lose tonight, but he doesn't have the 3+ years of service time with the Wizards that Antonio Daniels does (although I'm sure if Chris Paul ever wanted to play with 3+ years with the Wizards that we could work something out).

Tonight is all about Antonio Daniels' return to D.C. after being traded for Mike James to open up enough salary room to bring on Javaris Crittenton. While there's certainly been an aesthetic downgrade from the pure-point style of Daniels to the "If I'm open, it's leaving my hands" style of Mike James, I still think it was worth it to get Javaris Crittenton, who I think can play a solid role on this team for years to come. Plus, there is one thing Mike James can bring to a team that Antonio Daniels can't: Durability.

We all saw how Daniels started to break down near the end of the year because of all the minutes he was logging while Gilbert was out of the lineup. He's not a starting-calibur player in this league, but James can take on a starter's load of minutes and not wear down as easily as Daniels did. In a lot of ways, the trade set both players back into the roles they should be cast in: Daniels gets to go back to being a solid back-up point guard on a winning team where he doesn't have to play a heavy load of minutes and James gets to play on a bad team where he gets 10 shots a night and fans are too depressed to make a big commotion about it. I think both players got what they wanted out of the trade.

This is an open thread, so recall your favorite Antonio Daniels memories here.