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Based on how he coached without Lance Stephenson in Greenville, I'd anticipate Steve Clifford starting Gary Neal tonight.
Kemba Walker (knee contusion) is questionable tonight, game-time decision following warmups.
Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson out for tonight's Hornets exhibition versus the Washington Wizards.
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.
Virginia Tech beating Ohio State seems a long time ago...
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.
Had that rule been in effect last spring, it might have avoided the Josh McRoberts situation in the playoffs.
NBA rule change now will allow refs to consult replay to determine whether a foul meets the criteria for flagrant.
Lance Stephenson's injury is a groin strain. He's questionable to play Friday.
Also Gerald Henderson had a setback, might not play Friday or Sunday after all.
Injuries piling up for Hornets. Lance Stephenson missed part of practice with a hamstring pull. Questionable for Friday vs. Wizards.
Finally got to watch Gotham episode on DVR. Best thing on television, film noir. Very true to what would have happened to Bruce Wayne.
If Gary Neal has the season his preseason suggests, that trade last February was a coup.
Ex-Bobcat Brendan Haywood called for a moving screen in Cavs-Pacers game. That's a big point of emphasis this season.
Marvin Williams is really struggling with his shot. He's 4-of-17 from the field, 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
Pistons scored 38 points in the paint and 13 fast-break points. If that becomes a trend, the Hornets have troubles.
Another good game for Gary Neal this preseason (20 pts, 3 reb, 2 assists). He was 10-of-10 from the foul line.
Final: Pistons 104, Hornets 84
Clifford clears the bench, down 25.
Never good when one team gets to 100 before other team gets to 80.
Cody Zeller -- 5 fouls in 17 minutes.
Pistons' Andre Drummond draws a T. Marvin Williams got one earlier.
Brian Roberts only Hornet to have reached 10 points.
Hornets had a 13-point first quarter and an 18-point third quarter. Trail by 23 entering last 12 minutes.
Hornets are giving up 52 percent shooting to the Pistons and shooting 34 percent.
Lance Stephenson air-balls a three. Hornets down 20. Bad day for the home team.
29 minutes into this game and Hornets finally cross 50 points.
A spirited wave here at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Biz didn't play in first half but that was about Clifford wanting to get Maxiell some run.
Halftime: Pistons 56, Hornets 43. Hornets shot 15-of-43 first half.
Jason Maxiell played 10 minutes before coming out for Big Al.
Marvin Williams draws a technical.
They just showed Mike D'Antoni on the scoreboard. He's been hanging out with Steve Clifford last few days.
Hornets now trail Pistons by 19
Lance Stephenson beats the shot clock with a corner jumper.
Hornets have scored 26 points in 17 minutes. They trail the Pistons by 13.
Cody Zeller: 3 fouls in eight minutes.
Hornets went 7 minutes between field goals.
Pargo with a running jump shot ends the drought.
Been a long time since Hornets made a field goal.
End of first: Pistons 26, Hornets 13. Hornets shot a lovely 3-of-20 from the field.
New and improved MKG shot not so improved. He's 0-of-5 from the field.
Steve Clifford said pre-game he was determined to find minutes for Jason Maxiell. He's in the game first-quarter.
Hornets now 3-of-16. Yikes.
MKG and Lance Stephenson are a combined 0-of-7 from the field.
Hornets start the game shooting 3-of-11 from the field. Not morning people?
Hornets trying to work through problem with audio feed.
Not a good start for Marvin Williams. Greg Monroe scores on him easily, then he's called for a loose ball foul.
Kid realized during the national anthem he was on the scoreboard. Broke into the biggest grin. It was precious, made everyone chuckle.
No Kemba today. Brian Roberts will start at the point.
Never a question which day each year is loudest at Time Warner Cable Arena. These kids have so much fun.
Lots and lots of mascots here today -- it's that middle-school demographic.
Gerald Henderson (hamstring strain) getting an on-court workout pre-game. He's not far away from playing
Ex-Bobcat Cartier Martin starting at shooting guard today for the Pistons.
Pistons have 16 guarantees for a maximum roster of 15. So someone is leaving with a lovely parting gift.
Ex-Bobcats assistant Bob Beyer left for the Pistons to work for Stan Van Gundy.
Ex-Bobcat D.J. Augustin now with the Pistons. So is former N.C. State point guard Lorenzo Brown.
Steve Clifford wants to get Lance Stephenson more minutes today. He also wants to find some time for Jason Maxiell.
When I asked SVG about Clifford's discomfort coaching against him, Stan mentioned how rough it was coaching against his brother, Jeff.
Stan Van Gundy said he watched about 65 Hornets games last season because of his relationship with Steve Clifford.
I love day games. Wish the Hornets played a bunch of them in the regular season.
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.
True story: An agent once told me, exasperated, that his client asked him how to buy tires. Entitled, silly, dysfunctional.
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
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.
Heat 0-4 in preseason. Thinking that means about as much as last week's stock market gyrations.
Among changes at TWC Arena: Murals of original Hornets (LJ, Zo, etc.) at Lowe's Homecourt area outside practice gym.
Again, to my knowledge, only Hornets TV this preseason is Sunday vs. the Bulls (NBATV)
Hornets-Pistons won't be on WFNZ tomorrow, so as not to pre-empt mid-day programming. However (more)...
Steve Clifford not at all looking forward to coaching against his mentor, Stan Van Gundy, tomorrow.
Mike D'Antoni visiting Hornets practice. Steve Clifford worked for him with the Lakers.
No Kemba tomorrow.
Shorter-might-be-better is a healthy discussion in sports, but I'd start with baseball and NASCAR.
Murphy's Law: 44-minute game destined to go triple-OT.
Nets and Celtics will play a 44-minute game this preseason. NBA testing whether shorter might be better.
I'm getting frequent questions about Hornets TV in the preseason. Again, to my knowledge, only appearance is Sunday vs. Bulls on NBA TV.
Not NFL's problem whether draft-entry rules cause NCAA hassles. But 3-season rule going to create Winston-type situations again.
The guy who could be the odd man out in Orlando is Mo Harkless. I don't see him improving much.
FWIW, I think the Magic is on the right path. A Payton-Oladipo backcourt, plus Vucevic, reminds me a little of how Wiz built.
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.
Three exhibitions into preseason and I've typed "shot clock" once. That's a good sign.
Neal can handle and pass better than I assumed.
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.
Kemba Walker (left knee contusion) says he might need a couple days off, but he isn't concerned this is something serious.
Big Al gets doinked in the back of the head. That could leave a mark.
Someday Elfrid Payton can tell his grandchildren about guarding the great Jannero Pargo.