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Author archive for Mark Buonocore

  • Is it Time to Move on from MKG?

    By Mark Buonocore on April 20, 2017
    After the disappointing Hornets season ended I took some time to really look at this roster as a whole and individually to see what changes can be made to get this team in a position to win that elusive first round playoff series. We know that we will be very limited due to the lack of cap space, so we […]
  • Hornets Old Habits Kill Playoff Chances

    By Mark Buonocore on April 6, 2017
    The Hornets biggest game of the season was a perfect opportunity to put aside their faults and be in a position to sneak into the playoffs. Instead, we saw a team that repeated the same mistakes we have seen all year in a loss versus a Heat team who has effectively ended their hopes two seasons in a row now. This game contained […]
  • Hornets Downed By Bucks; Playoff Hopes Slipping Away

    By Mark Buonocore on March 28, 2017
    The Hornets had their backs against the wall tonight when it came to their playoff chances, and they fell flat on their faces against the Bucks in the first half, trailing 72-50 at the break. A late fourth quarter push made the game interesting, but Charlotte eventually fell at home to Milwaukee, 118-108. Jason Kidd had his guys well prepared […]
  • Hornets Bench comes up Big in Orlando

    By Mark Buonocore on March 23, 2017
    In a game the Hornets had to win, they relied on energy and scoring from their bench to keep them in the game, until closing out a bad Magic team. It was a scene we have seen so many times before, slow start on the road allowing a mediocre team to shoot way better than their season average in the […]
  • Hornets Struggles Continue in Indiana

    By Mark Buonocore on March 15, 2017
    The Hornets had a chance to keep themselves in the playoff race with a matchup versus a Pacers team on the second night of a back-to-back, and they kept things close through the first half, but fell flat coming out of the halftime break on their way to a 98-77 loss. The chances of Charlotte making the playoffs has gotten […]
  • Hornets Shine under Friday Night Lights

    By Mark Buonocore on March 11, 2017
    The margin of victory for Charlotte was the largest all season with a 121-81 win over Orlando. If for only one night, the Hornets looked like the team we thought we would be watching all year. Last night, versus a bad team in the Orlando Magic, shots were dropping from all over for the home team and the defensive intensity was […]
  • Hornets Forget Sunblock, Get Burned in Phoenix

    By Mark Buonocore on March 3, 2017
    You always hear how age and wisdom will outsmart youth and energy. Well, no one told the young Phoenix Suns that last night. Young teams that can run are always dangerous when they are at home, and last night the Suns made the Hornets look like the old dudes down at the YMCA. Before you start typing to tell me […]
  • Hornets Week Ahead is Full of Questions

    By Mark Buonocore on February 23, 2017
    The Hornets begin a six game road trip on Thursday and the first half of the trip will be played as a three game in four night stretch versus extremely different opponents. As I write this all four teams involved are deep in deadline deals, so I am not going to go into player match-ups as they could all change […]
  • The Hidden Positives of Kemba’s All-Star Trip

    By Mark Buonocore on February 19, 2017
      Is there more to All-Star weekend than all the parties, dunks, the three-point shooters and bigs with crazy handles? While I have enjoyed watching Kemba in the 3-Point Contest and Frank light up the scoreboard in the Rising Stars game, there is another aspect of this weekend that could be overlooked as we head into the actual game tonight […]
  • I Am Running Out of Clever Ways to Say the Hornets Lost

    By Mark Buonocore on February 13, 2017
    Lets be honest Hornets fans, tonight’s game was a perfect example of the team’s season wrapped up in one 48-minute game. I feel like every time I write a wrap up article, it starts with the same opening paragraph, and it goes a little something like this. The Hornets came out flat tonight and let a less talented team get […]