The Hornets didn't shy away from challenging Blake Griffin at the rim all night, punctuated by an old-school-type foul by Jason Smith that resulted in an ejection. Griffin did his best to soar above it all by ferociously crashing the offensive boards, but the Hornets' physical defense ultimately changed the outcome and stymied Griffin late in the game.
Homecoming spoiled. The Clippers lost this game in typical fashion, depending on their offense to bail them out even though it hasn't been producing good looks for quite some time now. Coaching is obviously a huge issue, but the fact that Paul can't get his team up for a game that obviously meant a lot him is indicative of the direction this team is going.
Randy Foye's inconsistency is the perfect reason why your whole game can't be totally dependent on jump shooting. Foye had plenty of open looks and lots of driving lane thanks to Chris Paul, but nothing would go down for him. That always hurts, particularly because he's an unproductive player in every other facet of the game. It's hard to argue that the Clippers are much different.
When you allow 57 percent shooting from the field defensively and shoot only 38 percent on your end, the game shouldn't even be close. The Clippers made up for their relatively poor shooting and lack of execution with 22 offensive rebounds against a Hornets front line that was glued to the floor. The Clippers can't even do "ugly" right at this point.
The Hornets were outclassed in terms of talent and size, and on most nights, that's enough to spell defeat. However, against a Clippers team that has absolutely no idea what they're doing defensively, the Hornets were able to run Monty Williams' structured offense flawlessly. They were hungrier and smarter than the Clippers, and that was enough.