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Author archive for Greg Pietras

  • Marvin Williams Signs Four-Year, $54 Million Extension With Charlotte

    By Greg Pietras on July 2, 2016
    Marvin Williams is back in the fold, signing a four-year, $54 million deal to return to Charlotte. The deal includes a player option for the fourth season. The contract is under market value, with Williams taking a discount to remain with the team. The Brooklyn Nets reportedly offered a deal averaging $15 million a year but, like Nicolas Batum, Marvin took less […]
  • Hornets Swap 22nd Pick For Kings’ Marco Belinelli

    By Greg Pietras on June 23, 2016
    After all the build-up to the draft, the Hornets’ night ended early. Charlotte swapped its first-round pick, 22nd overall, to the Sacramento Kings for Marco Belinelli. The nine-year veteran wing has two years and $12.66 million left on his contract, improving Charlotte’s depth but adding to the complexity of re-signing their free agents. Charlotte had interest in signing Belinelli last offseason, but he’s a bit of a reclamation […]
  • Hornets’ Season Ends With 106-73 Demolition In Miami

    By Greg Pietras on May 1, 2016
    When the Hornets missed their chance in Game 6, the odds looked bad for Game 7. Charlotte would have to overcome their disappointment, go on the road, fight through key injuries, and play with energy despite a short one-day rest and a 1 p.m. matinee start. The worst-case scenario played out, with Miami dominating in a 106-73 win that closed the book on the season. Kemba Walker nearly bailed […]
  • Kemba’s 37 Points Not Enough In 97-90 Game 6 Loss

    By Greg Pietras on April 29, 2016
    Kemba Walker and Dwyane Wade went toe-to-toe with the series on the line, and the Hall of Famer won. Walker scored 37 points overall and 14 in the fourth quarter, but lackluster play from the supporting cast doomed the Hornets in Game 6’s 97-90 loss. The teams will return to Miami for one final game. The first half resembled the Heat’s blowout wins in Games 1 […]
  • Hornets Escape Miami With Crucial 90-88 Win in Game 5

    By Greg Pietras on April 27, 2016
    Through four games, Charlotte had hit just 16 three-pointers against the Heat. The dam finally broke in Game 5: The Hornets swished 12 long-range bombs on their way to a 90-88 win in Miami, earning a chance to close out the series on Friday. The shooting was a return to form, but it was an odd game for the Hornets otherwise. Marvin Williams led the team in scoring […]
  • Hornets Rediscover Defense and Defeat Heat, 96-80, in Game 3

    By Greg Pietras on April 23, 2016
    The Hornets returned home and finally found their defense, holding the Heat to just 34 percent shooting in a 96-80 win on Saturday. The victory was Charlotte’s first in the playoffs in 14 years. It was a dramatic turnaround for the Hornets, who couldn’t stop bleeding points in the series’ first two games. The Heat averaged 119 points and 58 percent from the floor in Miami, […]
  • Hornets Bounce Orlando, 117-103, And Draw Miami As First-Round Opponent

    By Greg Pietras on April 13, 2016
    Catch your breath, Hornets fans. After weeks and months of jockeying with Atlanta, Boston and Miami for Eastern Conference seeding, we know how the first round of the playoffs will shake out: Hawks lose to Wizards, so the Miami Heat have clinched the 3-seed. Atlanta four, Boston five, Hornets 6. 1st round Heat-Hornets Hawks-C’s — Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 14, […]
  • Game #81: Hornets Travel To Boston As Playoffs Loom

    By Greg Pietras on April 11, 2016
    Hornets at Celtics, 7:30p ET, FSS Yesterday’s loss to Washington closed the door on homecourt advantage, so Charlotte has a choice in front of them. They can fight hard in tonight’s game against Boston, hoping to tune up and smooth out their issues heading into the playoffs. They could also choose to rest, settling for the sixth seed and a possibly more favorable matchup against […]
  • Game #79: Hornets Return Home For Face-Off With Brooklyn

    By Greg Pietras on April 8, 2016
    Nets at Hornets, 7:00p ET, FSS Charlotte’s still in the running for homecourt advantage in the first round, but the chance at the third seed is pretty slim: Atlanta sits 1.5 games up on the Hornets, and Charlotte would also have to leapfrog Miami and Boston with just four games left to play. Tonight’s game against the Nets is probably the easiest of […]
  • Game #78: Hornets Hunting For Bounce-Back Win Against Knicks

    By Greg Pietras on April 6, 2016
    Hornets at Knicks, 7:30p ET, FSS   With Tuesday’s loss to Toronto, the Hornets’ odds of landing homecourt advantage got a little slimmer. They’re currently in sixth place and just 1.5 games back of the third-seeded Hawks, but Boston, Atlanta and Miami all hold tiebreakers over Charlotte. (The Hornets have an outside shot of earning the tiebreaker over the Heat, but it would require […]