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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.
Jeff Taylor coming in with about seven minutes left.
Marvin Williams reaches double figures rebounding (11 and counting) for second time this season. Lance Stephenson has eight assists.
Shooting 9-of-16 from 3-point range sure does an offense good.
Hornets lead is at 30.
Big Al coming in for a second-half stint.
Gerald Henderson has made three 3-pointers today.
Hornets are 6-of-13 from 3-point range today. They were 2-of-15 versus the Pacers.
Gerald Henderson avoids a flagrant foul in replay review.
Steve Clifford said Saturday he's intent on playing at a faster pace. That the Hornets got up 48 shots in first half is indicative.
Reigning Western Conference Player of the Week Mo Williams probably won't repeat: He's 2-of-12 from the field at halftime.
Halftime: Hornets 50, Timberwolves 33.
Hornets at 50 points late in first half. It took until late third Saturday night to reach that.
Al gets another first-half stint. Clifford said pre-game he likely wouldn't play more than 16 total minutes today.
Hornets bench 28. Timberwolves roster 26.
Five minutes left in the half and Hornets are at 40. And it took overtime Saturday to get to 80.
Hornets reserve guards Gary Neal and P.J. Hairston already a combined 18 points. Hornets lead by 16.
Al Jefferson sits down after eight minutes of court time. That should be it for his half.
Spin move on left block for a tear-drop. Welcome back, Big Al.
Timberwolves are 0-of-6 from the field this quarter as Hornets open a 13-point lead.
Lance Stephenson and Al Jefferson a combined 1-of-8 from the field.
Nice applause for Sidney Lowe, now a Timberwolves assistant.
End of first: Hornets 23, Timberwolves 20. P.J. Hairston beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer.
Big Al starts out 0-of-2 from the field; just missed a two-foot put-back.
First game Big Al has played as a reserve since December of 2006.
Big ovation for Al Jefferson entering the game.
Big Al enters at next dead ball. It's been 10 games.
Marvin Williams and Lance Stephenson enter the game. Still no Big Al.
That rare home game when the Hornets wear their home whites this season.
T'Wolves offense: 2-of-6 and 3 turnovers.
At their current pace the T'Wolves will finish this game with 80 turnovers.
If you're looking for the game on radio, today it's 1660 rather than 610 on the AM.
Hornets playing today against the Western Conference Player of the Week -- Minnesota's Mo Williams.
Great to see so many kids in the crowd today.
I love day games; wish the Hornets played 10 or 15 of them each season.
That dates back to December of 2006 when he came off the bench for the Celtics against the Bulls.
This will be the first time in 544 games that Al Jefferson has not started when playing an NBA game.
Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio all out today for the Timberwolves.
Al was cleared medically Sunday after playing some 1-on-1 at practice.
So Biz will still be the starter at center.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'- MLK Jr.
Al Jefferson will play off the bench today, no more than 16 minutes.
SURPRISE: Al Jefferson playing today.