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A late scratch for Hornets: Lance Stephenson out with more groin soreness.

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It turned out Hairston's first agent, Juan Morrow, wasn't players union-certified.

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The Big Lead wrote about Hairston's ties to Blackstock in 2113. thebiglead.com/2013/06/21/nca…

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P.J. Hairston said he's considering changing agents. He said among those he's considering: Former UNC-Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock.

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Hornets have committed 140 fouls in first six exhibitions, compared to 129 by opponents.

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Clifford noted that avoiding needless fouls and getting back on "D" doesn't require skill, just better judgment and effort.

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Hornets coach Steve Clifford said defense would be fixed with fewer needless fouls and getting back in transition.

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Teal shorts are pre-game gear. Not tonight's uniforms.

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No Gerald Henderson (hamstring), Marvin Williams (elbow) or Al Jefferson (rest) tonight.

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Based on the shorts, it appears Hornets are wearing teal tonight. And there is no TV to my knowledge.

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Final: Bulls 101, Hornets 96. Hornets play the Hawks in Atlanta tomorrow night.

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Preseason, both teams play tomorrow night. Nobody on that court wants to see overtime.

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Nice finish at the rim for MKG.

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MKG looked confident on that corner jump shot.

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Guards love playing with Pau Gasol -- such a deft passer.

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Clifford said his rotations would be more regular-season like in last couple of exhibitions.

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Marvin Williams with 12 points and six rebounds. Best he's played this preseason.

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Moving screens are a point of emphasis in the NBA this season.

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As I wrote this morning, Hornets' defense doesn't look so good: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/18/525…

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Hornets giving up 75% shooting from the field, trail the Bulls by 16 early in second quarter.

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Bulls shot 14-of-20 that first quarter. Lots of points in the paint.

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Hairston-McDermott head-to-head.

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I'm intrigued by what Thibs can do defensively with Noah and Gasol out there together.

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This is the Bulls' home TV crew that NBA TV is picking up.

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BTW, Hornets-Bulls is on NBA TV at 8.

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I'm told Lance Stephenson (groin strain) plans to play tonight vs. Bulls. Gerald Henderson (hamstring strain) is still out.

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The NFL is obligated to eventually declare a winner of the NFC South.

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That ref who tossed Kuechley will wonder why his security system mysteriously switched off today.

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Rudolph on #FSU having a hell of a game. I think Jameis is gna pull them through

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The "slow, clunky" Notre Dame narrative seems a bit dated,

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Florida and North Carolina have every conceivable recruiting advantage. Doesn't seem to matter at all.

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So who would have said 3 years ago, "Missouri -- that is Florida's graveyard."

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Will Muschamp is kinda gone. Wow.

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Either Chubb is almost as special as Gurley, or Georgia has quite an offensive line.

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Little secret: @Matt Carroll made his money in basketball, but he's an old school Pennsylvania football fan.

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my gramma woulda threw that ball outta bounds. u better than that Jameis #NDvsFSU

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I'm not predicting ND wins tonight, but the narrative that the irish no longer recruit elite athletes is quite the myth.

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It's 8 and ND-Fla. State is kicking off. Hey Tar Heels, isn't the JV game normally over by now?

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I remember someone who used to cover Duke saying, "Duke football is the cost of getting to cover Duke basketball." Not anymore.

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My friend @stevewisemanNC points out Duke football has won 16 of last 21 games. That is amazing. Cutt is quite a coach.

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I'm not generally a fan of alternate unis on college teams, but this black-and-blue combo for North Carolina is a good look.

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embracing the reality of things while understanding that better things are probably yet to come is a great way to ease ur mind of all worry

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Good victory for Duke over Virginia.

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"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." Muhammad Ali

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I once hit some tennis balls with Jim Courier. Watching Brandan Wright try to guard LeBron reminds me of that day.

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Ya know, seeing LeBron in a Cavaliers uniform is just unnatural...oh, wait...

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Anyone else find it funny an NBA coach won't reveal a lineup before a preseason game? Because reaction from opposing coach would be a shrug.

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Good news: Al Jefferson has 10 points. Bad news: Rest of roster has 2.

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Jay Wright is far too good a coach to need this option anytime soon, but he's s natural on television.

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Sounds like Kemba is going to give it a try tonight.

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Just got an email with the header "Pelicans request waivers on Christmas." Was waiting to read, "Bah, Humbug!"

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No TV tonight, but Sunday's exhibition in Chicago is on NBA TV.

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In this situation rookie P.J. Hairston should get plenty of playing time tonight at shooting guard and small forward.

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Based on how he coached without Lance Stephenson in Greenville, I'd anticipate Steve Clifford starting Gary Neal tonight.

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Kemba Walker (knee contusion) is questionable tonight, game-time decision following warmups.

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Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson out for tonight's Hornets exhibition versus the Washington Wizards.

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I won't be at tonight's Hornets exhibition in Washington or Sunday's in Chicago. If I hear anything on the injuries, I'll pass along later.

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Virginia Tech beating Ohio State seems a long time ago...

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McRoberts was called for a common foul off his contact with LeBron James. Next day NBA changed it to a flagrant and fined Josh $20K.

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Had that rule been in effect last spring, it might have avoided the Josh McRoberts situation in the playoffs.

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NBA rule change now will allow refs to consult replay to determine whether a foul meets the criteria for flagrant.

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Lance Stephenson is the latest among several injured Hornets: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/16/524…

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Lance Stephenson's injury is a groin strain. He's questionable to play Friday.

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Also Gerald Henderson had a setback, might not play Friday or Sunday after all.

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Injuries piling up for Hornets. Lance Stephenson missed part of practice with a hamstring pull. Questionable for Friday vs. Wizards.

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Finally got to watch Gotham episode on DVR. Best thing on television, film noir. Very true to what would have happened to Bruce Wayne.

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If Gary Neal has the season his preseason suggests, that trade last February was a coup.

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Today was a strong reminder the Hornets aren't so much better offensively they can stop defending/rebounding: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/15/524…

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Ex-Bobcat Brendan Haywood called for a moving screen in Cavs-Pacers game. That's a big point of emphasis this season.

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Marvin Williams is really struggling with his shot. He's 4-of-17 from the field, 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

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Pistons scored 38 points in the paint and 13 fast-break points. If that becomes a trend, the Hornets have troubles.

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Another good game for Gary Neal this preseason (20 pts, 3 reb, 2 assists). He was 10-of-10 from the foul line.

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Get outrebounded by 22, shoot 3-of-22 from 3-point range and you get trounced the way the Hornets were Wednesday: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/15/524…

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Final: Pistons 104, Hornets 84

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Clifford clears the bench, down 25.

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Never good when one team gets to 100 before other team gets to 80.

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Cody Zeller -- 5 fouls in 17 minutes.

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Pistons' Andre Drummond draws a T. Marvin Williams got one earlier.

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Brian Roberts only Hornet to have reached 10 points.

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Hornets had a 13-point first quarter and an 18-point third quarter. Trail by 23 entering last 12 minutes.

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Hornets are giving up 52 percent shooting to the Pistons and shooting 34 percent.

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Lance Stephenson air-balls a three. Hornets down 20. Bad day for the home team.

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29 minutes into this game and Hornets finally cross 50 points.

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A spirited wave here at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Biz didn't play in first half but that was about Clifford wanting to get Maxiell some run.

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Halftime: Pistons 56, Hornets 43. Hornets shot 15-of-43 first half.

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Jason Maxiell played 10 minutes before coming out for Big Al.

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Marvin Williams draws a technical.

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They just showed Mike D'Antoni on the scoreboard. He's been hanging out with Steve Clifford last few days.

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Hornets now trail Pistons by 19

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Lance Stephenson beats the shot clock with a corner jumper.

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Hornets have scored 26 points in 17 minutes. They trail the Pistons by 13.

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Cody Zeller: 3 fouls in eight minutes.

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Hornets went 7 minutes between field goals.

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Pargo with a running jump shot ends the drought.

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Been a long time since Hornets made a field goal.

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End of first: Pistons 26, Hornets 13. Hornets shot a lovely 3-of-20 from the field.

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New and improved MKG shot not so improved. He's 0-of-5 from the field.