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Imam Shumpert will be active tonight for the Cavs.
Tonight's Something's-got-to-give stat: Cavs have averaged 109.8 ppg. in last 5. In same span Hornets have allowed 81.4 ppg.
The left-for-dead Hornets of 2 weeks ago are tied with Nets for last playoff spot in the East and a half-game out of tied for 7th.
Sometimes it's about one bad night among 82. When baseball teams lose 10-2, that's not cause for radical change.
If an opponent got to 100 before the Hornets got to 70, there would be a "coach has to be fired, GM has to be fired" meltdown. See: Nets.
Ernie Johnson's seemless traffic-copping from Nets-Clippers silliness to Boston-Portland ending should be J-school 101.
Random, but potentially important, factor in whether Hornets make the playoffs: When Billy King starts rebuilding.
I know fan All-Star balloting has little to do with actual accomplishment, but trivializing what the Hawks have done seems so wrong.
Nets trail the Clippers by a mere 29 points in the first half, so I guess Hornets will share 8th place in the East heading into Cavs game.
Anyone who thinks the helium will last in that balloon til Valentine's Day also thinks pixies deflated those balls in Foxboro.
My Harris-Teeter is already selling red, heart-shaped balloons that say "Happy Valentine's Day." (More)
How are you supposed to guard this IU team?! Just hope they miss? So much shooting and scoring on the floor!
I parachute into NASCAR occasionally and randomly. But you know what I like about Jeff Gordon? The courage to say what other drivers fear.
I wish I could be at Assembly Hall tonight! Just hearing the crowd on tv gives me chills!!!
Stephen Curry ended up topping all vote-getters in balloting for All-Star starters.
No Hawks among All-Star starters. It's arguable 3 of them (Millsap, Horford and Teague) deserve to be East reserves.
NBA fines Heat guard Dwyane Wade $15K for making an obscene gesture during Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm shocked -- SHOCKED! -- Josh Smith couldn't keep his composure tonight.
Nets did pretty much all they could to blow a 26-point lead, but it looks like they will survive in Sacramento.
You can tell me all day Joe Johnson is overpaid. But his J is so smooth.
Any Hornets fans still up: League pass is free this week and Nets-Kings is getting close on TWC channel 734
Sounds like the Nets are putting it to the Kings tonight, so Brooklyn won't lose ground to the Hornets.
Look for Dwyane Wade to draw a fine from the NBA for making an obscene gesture to the crowd tonight.
Final: Hornets 78, Heat 76.
Huge rebound by Marvin Williams. Dwyane Wade ended up fouling him.
Biz coming back in for Big Al, who has played 20 minutes.
Al Jefferson is now at the 18 minutes Steve Clifford intended to play him tonight.
Hornets better start making some shots. This lead feels pretty fragile.
End of third: Hornets 65, Heat 55. Neither team close to 40 percent from the field.
Nice applause for Biz as he sits down.
Rebounding margin: Hornets 44, Heat 26.
David Guthrie came REAL close to T'ing up Gerald Henderson.
Quick change as the halftime act. Oldie-but-a-goodie.
Halftime: Hornets 45, Heat 39
After 10 minutes, Big Al takes a seat.
The quicker pace the Hornets played at without Al Jefferson seems to be continuing with him.
Common foul, not flagrant, on Wade.
Crowd wants a flagrant against Wade for his foul on Zeller.
Bosh is now guarding Jefferson. That's a matchup the Hornets should like.
End of first: Hornets 25, Heat 17.
Miami is 29th in total rebound percentage. So Hornets' 15-8 advantage on the boards isn't much of a surprise.
Lance Stephenson looked very decisive on that pass-fake and drive.
Big Al comes in just as Chris Bosh comes out.
Big Al next stoppage of play.
Miami's strength is turning opponents over. Hornets turnovers went up in the playoff series last spring.
Miami is a horrible rebounding team, so there should be opportunities for second-chance points tonight.
Hornets start the game 1-of-9 from the field with a turnover.
Replay suggests Kemba has every right to be surprised that was a foul on him.
Cody Zeller guarding Chris Bosh. He's had some success lately in that defensive assignment.
Big cheer when Kemba Walker is introduced as a starter.
Hornets playing in teal uniforms tonight. Those are the alternates, and I thought they were limited to about 20 games this season.
Heat will start Danny Granger and Chris "Birdman" Andersen in place of Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside.
Kemba Walker WILL play tonight.
Steve Clifford said the plan for Al Jefferson tonight is 16 to 18 minutes off the bench.
So if Hornets beat Heat and Nets lose in Sacramento, Hornets would be 8th in the East a half-game behind Miami.
"We were very, very close to drafting him." -- Spoelstra on Gastonia's Hassan Whiteside.
"He was in bad shape...he gave it a go until he made himself sick." -- Spoelstra on Deng being out tonight.
Game-time decision on whether Kemba Walker plays tonight. He'll start if he plays.
Heat missing Whiteside and Deng tonight hurts a defense that hasn't been so good this season.
ESPN will no longer televise Lakers-Knicks Feb. 1, proving even NY and LA can't trump two teams that have combined already for 66 losses.
Scratch that: Pargo has started practicing, but I don't think he's available to play tonight.
Kemba Walker got through shootaround, so he's likely to play (and would start) vs. Miami.
Final: Davidson 77, Dayton 60. McKillop is so good at what he does.
I mean, what do you do at the "undisclosed location?" Find the solitaire app on the PC?
So Anthony Fox is the 'designated survivor" from the cabinet during SOTU. I'm guessing that sounds a lot cooler than it really is.
I asked Kemba once about not missing games. He told me he grew up watching his parents never miss work, no matter how sick they were.
I think everyone at Hornets practice was relieved Kemba Walker participated. He's so tough that when he misses games you fear the worst.
Kemba Walker practiced today. Assuming no setbacks, he'd start against the Heat Wednesday.
The issue is less how good the Cavs are. The question is the Bulls should be the big dog in the East and they haven't demonstrated that.
It's dangerous to make too much of a random regular-season game. But the Cavs kicked the Bulls butt tonight in what felt like a statement.
BTW a friend who grew up in CLT once said, "We're never more than 2 days away from a great day." An hour ago it was 57 degrees. On Jan. 19.
Tonight was 1st chance to study Okafor. Explosive post moves, but he's going to have challenges defensively in NBA high pick-and-rolls.
Hornets' opponent was wretched today, but regardless that was the best I've seen them perform at both ends this season.
Clifford was asked if Jeff Taylor should play more. He replied he's challenged right now to get P.J. Hairston enough minutes off the bench.
"Both are far, far away from playing well night-in and night-out." -- Steve Clifford on Al Jefferson and Lance Stephenson back from injury.
Final: Hornets 105, Timberwolves 80. Hornets have now won seven of their last eight.
Big Al has now played 22 minutes. I'm guessing he's pretty gassed after being off nine games.
Steve Clifford expected to play Big Al no more than 16 minutes. He's at 19-and-counting.