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  • Instant Reax: Hornets Implode in Fourth Quarter vs. Suns, Lose 111-106

    By Greg Pietras on December 17, 2014
    This season has been ugly, but at least it’s been consistent. Charlotte managed to squander another big lead on Wednesday, losing 111-106 to the Suns after looking like the better team for most of the night. For the first 36 minutes, the Hornets looked about as good on offense as they have all year. They scored 87 points on 51 percent shooting through three […]
  • Instant Reax: Hornets Stay Competitive in 97-88 Loss to Cavs

    By Greg Pietras on December 15, 2014
    Credit where it’s due: Despite the 97-88 loss, Charlotte saved some face with a feisty effort against LeBron James and the Cavs. Moral victories don’t count for much when a team is 6-18 and still holding out hope for the playoffs, but things could have been much worse. We got a glimpse of that worst-case scenario in the first quarter, when the Cavaliers […]
  • Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets (4-15) vs New York Knicks (4-16)

    By Greg Pietras on December 5, 2014
    WHEN/WHERE 7pm, Time Warner Cable Arena TV/RADIO SportSouth/WFNZ 610 AM PROBABLE LINEUP BREAKDOWN INJURY REPORT Hornets Gary Neal (Probable), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT) Knicks J.R. Smith (Day-to-Day) ESPN 2 on 3 1. Both teams are struggling right now, and the Knicks seem to be in the middle of a full-blown revamp. Still — they have a star scorer in Carmelo, the biggest big […]
  • Bulls beat Hornets, 102-95, as Charlotte drops 10th straight

    By Greg Pietras on December 3, 2014
                      When your opponent hits 10 more three-pointers than you do, you’re probably going to lose.
  • Game Preview: Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets

    By Greg Pietras on November 28, 2014
    WHEN/WHERE 7pm, Time Warner Cable Arena TV/RADIO SportSouth/WFNZ 610 AM PROBABLE LINEUP BREAKDOWN INJURY REPORT Hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – OUT (Stress Reaction) PJ Hairston – Day-to-Day (Ankle Sprain) Gary Neal – Day-to-Day (Shoulder) Opp Team Leandro Barbosa – Day-to-Day David Lee – OUT Andrew Bogut – Day-to-Day ESPN 3 on 3 1. The Hornets currently have the 23rd-ranked defense, and a game against Golden State […]
  • Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets (4-8) vs. Orlando Magic (5-8)

    By Greg Pietras on November 21, 2014
    WHEN/WHERE 7pm, Time Warner Cable Arena TV/RADIO SportSouth/WFNZ 610 AM PROBABLE LINEUP BREAKDOWN INJURY REPORT Hornets Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – OUT (Stress Reaction) PJ Hairston – Day-to-Day (Ankle Sprain) Gary Neal – Probable (Concussion) Opp Team Evan Fournier – Day-to-Day (Foot) Kyle O’Quinn – OUT (Ankle) ESPN 3 on 3 1. The last two weeks have been brutal for the Hornets. What’s the biggest problem right now? Doug Branson (@HiveTalkLive): Injuries and […]
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte squanders big lead over Portland, loses 102-100

    By Greg Pietras on November 12, 2014
    Charlotte lost another one, falling 102-100 to the Portland Trailblazers, but it was at least the closest loss physically possible. A Gary Neal layup to send the game to overtime was disallowed, coming off his fingertips a fraction of a fraction of a second after time had expired. The Hornets shouldn’t have needed a miracle play. Like in Sunday’s loss against the Lakers, Charlotte started […]
  • RECAP: Charlotte Hornets 92, Los Angeles Lakers 107

    By Greg Pietras on November 10, 2014
                    The Story Well, it depends on what half you’re asking about. Charlotte looked crisp in the first half, patiently building an nine-point lead after 24 minutes, but crumbled in the second half for a 107-92 loss to the stumbling Lakers. It’s honestly hard to point to one thing that went wrong; when you’re […]
  • Game Preview: Charlotte Hornets @ Los Angeles Lakers

    By Greg Pietras on November 9, 2014
    Photo Credit: LEFT - Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images RIGHT - Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 122, Atlanta Hawks 119

    By Greg Pietras on November 7, 2014
    Charlotte’s back to .500, but they haven’t learned to win without giving fans heart attacks and brain spasms. The Hornets survived a fun, fast, competitive game and came away with a 122-119 double-overtime victory over Atlanta that, once again, went right down to the wire. The Hawks entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point cushion, and led until Al Jefferson’s free throw tied the score […]