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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.

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Steve Clifford said pre-game he was determined to find minutes for Jason Maxiell. He's in the game first-quarter.

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Hornets now 3-of-16. Yikes.

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MKG and Lance Stephenson are a combined 0-of-7 from the field.

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Hornets start the game shooting 3-of-11 from the field. Not morning people?

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Hornets trying to work through problem with audio feed.

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Not a good start for Marvin Williams. Greg Monroe scores on him easily, then he's called for a loose ball foul.

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Kid realized during the national anthem he was on the scoreboard. Broke into the biggest grin. It was precious, made everyone chuckle.

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No Kemba today. Brian Roberts will start at the point.

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Never a question which day each year is loudest at Time Warner Cable Arena. These kids have so much fun.

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Lots and lots of mascots here today -- it's that middle-school demographic.

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Gerald Henderson (hamstring strain) getting an on-court workout pre-game. He's not far away from playing

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Ex-Bobcat Cartier Martin starting at shooting guard today for the Pistons.

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Pistons have 16 guarantees for a maximum roster of 15. So someone is leaving with a lovely parting gift.

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Ex-Bobcats assistant Bob Beyer left for the Pistons to work for Stan Van Gundy.

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Ex-Bobcat D.J. Augustin now with the Pistons. So is former N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown.

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Steve Clifford wants to get Lance Stephenson more minutes today. He also wants to find some time for Jason Maxiell.

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When I asked SVG about Clifford's discomfort coaching against him, Stan mentioned how rough it was coaching against his brother, Jeff.

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Stan Van Gundy said he watched about 65 Hornets games last season because of his relationship with Steve Clifford.

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I love day games. Wish the Hornets played a bunch of them in the regular season.

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Twitter taught me lots of foolishness and anger out there. I shake my head at things people send me. Can't imagine acting so mean.

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True story: An agent once told me, exasperated, that his client asked him how to buy tires. Entitled, silly, dysfunctional.

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Of course Todd Gurley generates more money for Georgia than some non-rev athlete. That's not the point. He will be be generously compensated

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FWIW, here's my take: Gurley should have means to take date out for a pizza after his game. So should gymnast or volleyball player.

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Applause to @theobserver for taking on the complicated issue of compensating college athletes.

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Heat 0-4 in preseason. Thinking that means about as much as last week's stock market gyrations.

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New book out by @Sam Smith on Michael Jordan. I think he had some success with a Jordan book before...

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Among changes at TWC Arena: Murals of original Hornets (LJ, Zo, etc.) at Lowe's Homecourt area outside practice gym.

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Per @Ira Winderman Spoelstra says the NBA's problem isn't games lasting too long, it's too many games.

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Again, to my knowledge, only Hornets TV this preseason is Sunday vs. the Bulls (NBATV)

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I'm told you can listen to audio of the game through the Hornets app or thru game preview at hornets.com.

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Hornets-Pistons won't be on WFNZ tomorrow, so as not to pre-empt mid-day programming. However (more)...

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Steve Clifford not at all looking forward to coaching against his mentor, Stan Van Gundy, tomorrow.

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According to @BovadaLV the Hornets' Steve Clifford is a 20:1 shot to win NBA Coach of the Year. Gregg Popovich gets lowest odds at 3:1.

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Mike D'Antoni visiting Hornets practice. Steve Clifford worked for him with the Lakers.

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Shorter-might-be-better is a healthy discussion in sports, but I'd start with baseball and NASCAR.

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Murphy's Law: 44-minute game destined to go triple-OT.

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Nets and Celtics will play a 44-minute game this preseason. NBA testing whether shorter might be better.

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I'm getting frequent questions about Hornets TV in the preseason. Again, to my knowledge, only appearance is Sunday vs. Bulls on NBA TV.

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Not NFL's problem whether draft-entry rules cause NCAA hassles. But 3-season rule going to create Winston-type situations again.

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The guy who could be the odd man out in Orlando is Mo Harkless. I don't see him improving much.

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FWIW, I think the Magic is on the right path. A Payton-Oladipo backcourt, plus Vucevic, reminds me a little of how Wiz built.

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Lance Stephenson's numbers weren't good tonight (8 pts on 9 shots), but you could see how he'll make plays to get others easy baskets.

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Three exhibitions into preseason and I've typed "shot clock" once. That's a good sign.

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Neal can handle and pass better than I assumed.

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Steve Clifford says it's a big mistake to pigeon-hole Gary Neal as a spot-up shooter. Based on this preseason, that's a fact.

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I don't get to write many Jannero Pargo game stories. This one was fun: charlotteobserver.com/2014/10/13/524…

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Kemba Walker (left knee contusion) says he might need a couple days off, but he isn't concerned this is something serious.

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Big Al gets doinked in the back of the head. That could leave a mark.

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Someday Elfrid Payton can tell his grandchildren about guarding the great Jannero Pargo.

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Pargo has 12 points in 7 minutes. 5-of-7 from field.

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Jannero Pargo, microwave.

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That loose-ball foul against Biz gets the crowd worked up.

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Cody Zeller fourth foul. The cost of said physicality.

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Ah yes: The Ben Gordon bounce pass to the other team. I seem to remember that play.

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Cody Zeller wrestles the ball away from Kyle O'Quinn for an offensive rebounder. We didn't see that physicality last season.

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Kemba -- left knee contusion. Will not return.

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End of 3rd: Magic 78, Hornets 73

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Ex-Bobcat Ben Gordon has made five of six shots.

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Al Jefferson's 3rd foul.

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Kemba Walker in the training room getting treatment.

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Nice drive by Stephenson after two shot-clock resets in a Hornets possession.

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Magic has scored 30 points in the lane tonight. That's a Steve Clifford pet peeve.

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Gary Neal far more aggressive this preseason driving the ball.

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That mid-lane pull-up jumper was a good example of Gary Neal's ballhandling, which Clifford found a pleasant surprise.

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Lefty hook by Biz. First missed. Second hit.

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Best I've seen from Cody Zeller offensively.

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Cody Zeller with two 18-footers.

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Ex-Bobcats Ben Gordon and Luke Ridnour on the court for the Magic.

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Hornets have hit 11 of their first 17 shots.

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Gary Neal, Cody Zeller first off the bench.

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The rust is definitely off Big Al tonight.

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Stephenson's second assist, to MKG for a dunk.

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Quite a feed off the dribble from Stephenson to Big Al for a layup.

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Aaron Gordon called for a charge on MKG.

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Lance Stephenson messed up Mo Harkless pretty bad with that stutter-step dribble.

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Nasty spin move by Al Jefferson for uncontested layup.

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Big applause when Lance Stephenson hits his first jumper.

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OK @bigpat00 they are no longer anybody's cats

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Cool video for Hornets pre-game introductions.

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No Victor Oladipo tonight for the Magic. He has a sprained knee.

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Magic center Nik Vucevic has caused problems in the past for Al Jefferson. The bulkier guys tend to defend Al better than the leapers.

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Rookie Elfrid Payton starting for the Magic. He has potential to be an elite defender.

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As part of the rebranding the Hornets remodeled their locker room at TWC Arena. Pretty spectacular-looking.

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Steve Clifford plans to play the starters a little longer tonight.

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Lance Stephenson. who missed Friday's exhibition with a toe injury, will start tonight for Hornets.

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Among those on the Magic's preseason roster: Ex-Bobcats Ben Gordon and Luke Ridnour and Charlottean Seth Curry.

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Hornets play 5 exhibitions in 7 nights starting tonight.

Gerald Henderson

ganttcenter.org/calendar/a-lov… RSVP extended through October 15th. Both artists will travel from NYC to attend. BE THERE! @NGMACharlotte

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Looking forward to attending the Robert Mars and Jay West exhibit at the #HarveyBGanttCenter on Wednesday October 15th from 6-8pm....

Rick Bonnell

This is good stuff from @Baxter Holmes, who might be the best of our new NBA media: bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/10…