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Steve Clifford on rookie Noah Vonleh: "He's not even close to being ready to play" in a regular-season NBA game.

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Hornets injuries gave Cody Zeller and rookies P.J. Hairston and Noah Vonleh some extra run last night. charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/20/525…

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Gary Neal has clearly been Hornets' best player this preseason. ICYMI, you could see the signs at training camp: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/02/521…

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Gerald Henderson (hamstring) tells me he did some running and shooting today. He hopes to play in Hornets' final exhibition.

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P.J. Hairston missed a 3 at the buzzer. Hornets lose 117-114 in OT.

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The end of this game is like waiting for Christmas.

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Hairston for MKG in must-have scoring situation.

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Cody Zeller fouls out with 2:45 left in overtime.

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DeMarre Carroll miss. Overtime in preseason. Curse you, DeMarre.

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The dreaded tied NBA exhibition with 14.6 seconds left.

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Hornets hit the shot-clock hat trick.

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Gary Neal has obviously had the Hornets' best preseason. Second is MKG. Cody Zeller has been up-and-down but showing progress.

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Pargo finds Zeller for a layup. Zeller is now 8-of-10 for 17 points.

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As in more post-ups/more rebounding position/use jump shot as the changeup, not the first option.

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Clifford said after summer league the key to Noah Vonleh reaching his potential is learning to be physical inside.

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Replay confirms foul on Hairston.

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P.J. Hairston called for a shooting foul as third quarter expires. Refs reviewing replay.

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Pargo jumper ties the game at 77-77.

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Hairston has nine points off six shots.

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I'm guessing you won't see a lot of Maxiell-Vonleh front court in a regular-season six-point game.

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P.J. Hairston upset he didn't get a call in the lane. I think he has a good point.

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Hornets delay-of-game warning.

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Cody Zeller with 15 points and six rebounds.

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Hawks shot 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3 in first half.

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Halftime: Hawks 58, Hornets 43

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I once covered a Wake-Maryland game after a 3-day blizzard in D.C. The crowd at Philips Arena tonight probably has fewer fans.

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Clifford's pet peeves will always be silly fouls, lack of transition D and not guarding the paint.

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Flip side on Zeller. He sits with 3rd foul after 13 1/2 minutes. Remember Clifford's generic "needless fouls" comment pre-game?

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Cody Zeller 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points so far.

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Cody Zeller far more confident (and reliable) this season taking 18-footers.

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Zeller jump shot avoids a shot-clock.

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Starters MKG and Neal coming on for Hairston and Pargo.

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Biz in for Maxiell to provide some sort of rim protection.

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20-0 and counting in Hawks' run.

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Hornets second unit right now can be described as the very young meets the very old.

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Hawks alley-oop off a Vonleh midcourt turnover gives the Hawks a 10-point lead with 9 minutes left in the half.

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From June: Noah Vonleh's gigantic hands. http://t.co/31N3on7wZO

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You forget, when you haven't seen him play for a while, how ridiculously long Noah Vonleh's limbs are.

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Clifford needs Pargo at 2-guard (alongside Walker) because P.J. Hairston is the defacto backup small forward right now.

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Some early run for Jannero Pargo.

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Vonleh sure looks like no residual effect from sports hernia surgery.

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Hairston 3-pointer gives the Hornets a 19-17 lead with 3:28 left in first quarter.

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Noah Vonleh put-back of P.J. Hairston's blocked layup attempt. #rooks

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With Jefferson and Williams out, Jason Maxiell also getting some early run.

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Vonleh's first NBA basket. Nice move.

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Steve Clifford didn't plan to use Vonleh in the preseason after he had surgery for a sports hernia pre-training camp.

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Rookie Noah Vonleh makes first appearance of the preseason.

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I asked Clifford why the Hawks are such a matchup nightmare for Hornets: He said transition and quick ball-movement.

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MKG looks so much more assertive. Clifford said he's organizing the defense on the court (as McRoberts did last season.)

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Shot clock right off the bat.

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Glen Rice Hornets jersey in the stands at Philips Arena.

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So starters are Walker, Neal, MKG, Zeller and Biz.

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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.