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  • Instant Reax: Hornets Sloppy In 106-98 loss to Celtics

    By Greg Pietras on February 27, 2015
    Charlotte's margin for error is getting smaller, and games like Friday's 107-98 loss to the Boston Celtics will probably be the difference between the playoffs and the lottery.
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 102, Indiana Pacers 103

    By Greg Pietras on February 8, 2015
    Without MKG, the Hornets are missing a big chunk of their defense. Without Bismack Biyombo, they’re hurting for depth. But they missed Kemba Walker most of all on Sunday night, as a scoring drought late in the fourth quarter doomed them to a 103-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers. After leading by as many as 21 points, Charlotte’s defense collapsed, then […]
  • RECAP: Dominant 4th Q Pushes Charlotte to 94-87 Win Over Wizards

    By Greg Pietras on February 5, 2015
    The Hornets and the Wizards mostly spent 48 minutes beating each other up — but enough basketball got played for Charlotte to squeak out a 94-87 win.
  • Transition Game: Comparing the 2014 Bobcats and the 2015 Hornets

    By Greg Pietras on February 4, 2015
    There are plenty of similarities in playstyle, but also some worrying trends that might cap this year's ceiling.
  • Insant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 86, San Antonio Spurs 95

    By Greg Pietras on January 28, 2015
    Charlotte lost 86-95 to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, but credit the Hornets that are still standing for making it a competitive game. Down 17 at the half, and without Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo, Marvin Williams, and Jannero Pargo, Charlotte closed the gap to two points with 11 minutes to go in the game. The Spurs’ four three-pointers and seven offensive rebounds […]
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 80, Indiana Pacers 71

    By Greg Pietras on January 17, 2015
    The Hornets got a win against the Pacers on Saturday night, but murdered offensive basketball in the process. With no Kemba Walker and no Al Jefferson, Charlotte turned up the defense and turned down the everything else, shooting 30.7 percent and going 2-of-15 from three. The only reason either team cracked 70 was because of an extra five minutes; after ending regulation tied […]
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 110, New York Knicks 82

    By Greg Pietras on January 10, 2015
    This wasn’t a basketball game, it was a funeral. The Knicks have been cratering just as the Hornets have been finding their form, and Charlotte’s 110-82 win on Saturday probably represents rock bottom for New York. A 28-point loss is bad, but it could have been worse — Charlotte led by 45 points after three quarters, and the Knicks narrowed things against […]
  • Instant Reax: Charlotte Hornets 98, New Orleans Pelicans 94

    By Greg Pietras on January 7, 2015
    It feels like at least half of Charlotte’s wins this year have come off Kemba Walker game-winners, and he added to his total Wednesday night. With the score tied and under 20 seconds to play, Walker got an isolation against Jrue Holiday, took the ball into the paint, and appeared to lose the handle — but recovered in time to draw the foul and […]
  • Instant Reax: Oklahoma City Thunder 98, Charlotte Hornets 75

    By Greg Pietras on December 26, 2014
    The Hornets’ blueprint recently is basically tough defense + a steady 20 points a game from Al Jefferson. They can survive without one of those, but when both are missing you get results like Friday night’s 98-75 shellacking by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The opening half pretty much iced this game; despite missing Kevin Durant, the Thunder shot 48 percent from the floor […]
  • 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 […]