Hornets: Can Chris Paul Lead New Orleans to Victory?

Brandon TalalaevskyCorrespondent IMay 10, 2008

In Game One, the Hornets beat the Spurs 101-82. Chris Paul took the Hornets to a victory against the returning champs. Is Chris Paul to much for Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to handle?

The Spurs had a difficult time against the Hornets in Game One losing by 19 points. Chris Paul had 17 points, 13 assists, four rebounds, and four steals. Peja Stojakovic had 22 points, four rebounds, and one steal. David West played an amazing game with 30 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

The Spurs would have lost by more if it weren't for Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker's 42 points combined. Tim Duncan only scored five points in 37 minutes of playing time.

In Game Two, the Hornets beat the Spurs again, 102-84. Chris Paul took his team to victory once again in New Orleans. After the hurricane, New Orleans needed some hope, and his name is Chris Paul.

Paul had 30 points, 12 assists and two rebounds. Peja had 25 points and was 5-of-7 at the three-point line. David West and Tyson Chandler had a combined 18 offensive rebounds at nine apiece.

The Spurs fell from the previous game with Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker having a combined 24 points almost half of the first game. Tim Duncan scored 18 points but was a little slow underneath the basket with only nine rebounds.

In Game Three, the Spurs came back, beating the Hornets 110-99. Manu Ginobilli and Tony Parker had a combined 62 points, almost triple their total in Game Two. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

What a game for the Spurs. Chris Paul and his 35 points kept Game Three close. David West having another amazing game like Game One with 23 points. Can the Spurs win Game Four and tie the series 2-2.

In Game Four, both teams will have to give 110 percent to come out on top. If Chris Paul keeps playing like he has in the last three games, the Hornets have a great chance of winning.

Manu Ginobili is averaging one point more than Chris Paul. Will this change the outcome of the game? Can Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Bruce Bowen tie the series up at 2-2? Let's wait and see. I predict Game Four will be  a 104-98 Spurs win.