Will the Hornets be ready to play Houston tonight? Here are a few things that I check for to see if the previous nights game has taken a toll,and if a team is ready to play
1-First thing is "live legs" The cutters,and the lift to the glass.Most importantly the "off the ball defenders" if they are alert and display quickness of the feet that means they are ready to play.OFF THE BALL defense is tougher to play since it requires more mental alertness.
2- Defensive rebounding- is the effort there? Soft blockout or solid? Are they finding a man to put a body on? Another Mental toughness area.
These two areas tell me alot.Next step is to meassure the performance quarter to quarter.Do they diminish?.Back to back games for a team that has lost 11 of its last 12 requires leadership and tonight we will learn more about the team than you can imagine.