The Hornets beat the Bobcats

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Published: October 27, 2007

Happy days, the preseason is over!

Chris Paul wants to play for real

The Hornets actually had a pretty good showing last night against the Bobcats, despite missing David West (ankle sprain) and Tyson Chandler (resting). Let's dive into bullet-mode and throw some thoughts around…

  • So yeah, the Hornets won. Final score was 111-100 (recap | box | photos). Our guys managed not to dig themselves a hole in this one, but it was anyone's game up until the Hornets took control in the final six minutes.
  • Hilton Armstrong led the way with 23 grown-ass points, but somehow managed to grab just one rebound in his 35 minutes. Actually, the Hornets rebounded pretty badly as a team, losing the battle of the boards 31-37.
  • Chris Paul had perhaps his best game of the preseason, obviously enjoying playing back home in Winston-Salem. He scored 14, dished 13, and led the team with 6 boards.

    CP grabbed the game by the balls down the stretch. He had 4 assists, a three-point play and a block on Emeka Okafor in a span of 2:30 in the fourth quarter, turning a one-point deficit into a six-point lead. Game over.

  • Peja looked good out there, scoring 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Keep doing that please sir Mr. Stojakovic.
  • Also shooting well was Rasual Butler, who knocked down 7-of-11 for 18 points. Not shooting so well was Morris Peterson, who bricked 4-of-7 and finished with 7 points. He finishes the preseason with a FG% of .277 and an average of 5.1ppg.

    Step it up for the real thing, Mo.

  • For the Bobcats, Raymond Felton scored 24 points, Jason Richardson had 22, and blah blah blah.
  • Byron Scott on David West's injury

    "He's day to day, and we'll get a better idea on Sunday and Monday on how he feels. There is a good chance he may not play Wednesday or Friday (against Portland). It's a Grade 2 sprain, so he sprained it pretty good."

    That sucks.

Moving on, and there's some great stuff on the Hornets in the news today. In particular, you should check out the cover stories on David West and the Hornets in the latest edition of the Gambit.

Hornets Gambit CoverAlso, there's some strong words from George Shinn in the New Orleans CityBusiness today. He rips into Paul Mott at one point…

"I had a lot of people working for me that were hell bent on keeping the team in Oklahoma City. One was the president at the time. I just got to the point I had to fire him. I told him, ‘You’re not going to make this decision. I am. You’re going to have to quit pestering me.’ He kept badgering me and telling me I was stupid. Finally it was time for us to part."

When asked for a response, Mott just started blinking rapidly and singing the theme song form Cheers. No, wait, I just made that part up.

And finally, there's news that Mike Bibby could miss 6-10 weeks with a thumb injury. That's some funky news for us, because Bibby's Sacramento Kings are in town next Wednesday for game 1 of the real season.

Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name…

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