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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.

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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.