chris paul's triple double powered hornets over mavs

the new orleans hornets will now be advancing to the second round of the nba playoffs after they dispatched the dallas mavericks 99-94 in game 5 of their best -of-seven series. leading the way as usual is chris paul who came up with a triple-double posting 24 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds. david west scored 25 points for the hornets and tyson chandler came up with another double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

this means the hornets will be facing the winner of the spurs-suns series which i predicted to be taken by the suns. but then again, i could be wrong, just as wrong as predicting that the nuggets will win over the lakers in 6 games.

you know you've got a problem when your starting center has fewer rebounds than the opposing team's pointguard. now, chris paul is not known as a good rebounding pointguard, that distinction is owned by the mavs' jason kidd. but in game 5, chris paul showed that he can do what kidd can do.

apart from eliminating the mavs and kidd from this year's playoffs, chris paul looks to be taking away kidd's spot on the us olympic men's basketball team. byron scott, who, before game 5 was handed the NBA coach of the year award also got his payback after kidd got him kicked out of new jersey. some sweet revenge huh?

will this first-round exit cost avery johnson his job? probably. is the door closing on kidd and dirk to win a championship ring? i wouldn't count on these two just fading away next year. they have the whole off-season to get to know each other better in terms of their playing style. with kidd being a great court general, i think the mavs will be a good team next year. they just need to get josh howard off the weed though. hehehe...

brandon bass. this guy has the potential to possibly become a huge offensive and defensive threat. if the mavs can help bass become an intimidating force inside the paint, then they will have the trifecta to become a legit contender in the east. a good rebounding-passing guard in kidd, a sweet shooting forward in nowitzki and a potent inside threat in bass.

as for the hornets, i'm still rooting for them and here's hoping that they can make it all the way. :D geaux hornets!