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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Hornets Lose to Warriors, 116-112


Like any good New Orleanian, your correspondent spent last night Krewe du Vieux-ing it up. While we were partying, the Hornets lost what was by all accounts a very winnable game to the Golden State Warriors, by a tally of 116-112. The Hornets dropped to 13-27 on the season.

We’re glad we missed this one, as the recaps of the game’s final moments sound absolutely painful. We’ll spare you the details — just know you should be upset with Eric Gordon, Jason Smith, and Monty Williams.

 

A quick glance at the box score, however, and you’d never guess New Orleans lost this game. We shot an outstanding 57 percent from the field, outrebounded the Warriors, knocked down some threes, and turned the ball over a defensible 16 times. But it was free throws that did us in — our 13-of-23 free throw shooting looks terrible next to the Warriors’ 30-of-35 effort. As Jimmy Smith notes, that’s been the trend this season. 

 

On the positive side, it is excellent to see Anthony Davis get back on track with an efficient 20 points on 12 shots (despite awful free throw shooting), 12 rebounds and four blocks. Al-Farouq Aminu has been, surprisingly, a model of consistency of late. Smart shot selection led to 7-of-9 shooting, he grabbed 10 boards again, and committed only one turnover. Ryan Anderson was overdue for a good shooting night, and got himself 19 points on 14 shots.

 

The fact that Hornets fans are so upset over losing to a strong playoff team speaks to just how convincing New Orleans’ turnaround has been. Every game seems winnable to us lately, tough schedule and poor record be damned. Another year of experience, a solid draft pick or two, smart signings in the offseason, and this team could well emerge as a contender next season.

 

The boys have an excellent opportunity to get back on track when the Sacramento Kings come to town on Monday.

 

Boxscore | More Hornets coverage | @HornetsDefender | Schedule




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