Game On: Hornets @ Bobcats

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Published: October 20, 2010

The Hornets travel to Charlotte for a rare late morning game (10 CST). Monty stated both before and after the Grizzlies game that he wants to get the starters more minutes as the preseason winds down, so we can expect to see 25-30 minutes from the likes of Belinelli, Ariza, and CP3.

Regarding Okafor and West, both are listed as questionable, but I doubt West plays. As for Okafor, it would be nice for him to get some time with CP3 in game situations. He had no preseason last year and only got a half of a season with Paul due to injuries last year. Those two developing chemistry is one of the biggest keys to the Hornets season.

The two other storylines to keep an eye on are Thornton’s attempts to break out of his slump, and the fight for the 14th (and perhaps 15th) roster spots. Most assume Jerrells will grab one of those spots, but don’t be so sure. His contract is not guaranteed and the Hornets essentially gave up a draft pick that isn’t a draft pick for him. If he doesn’t show something in these last two games, he could be waived like Shakur, or the Hornets can choose to stash him in the D-League.

As for Thornton, there seems to be a split between Hornets fans over whether to panic or not. It is true that preseason games don’t count, but remember that all these guys started off fresh with Monty. The new coach was not here last season when Marcus was lighting up the scoreboard. He and Demps have to evaluate this team moving forward, not looking back, and if Thornton shows himself to be a player who can only contribute to this team by scoring, then Monty will have no use for him if his shot is not falling.

Again, the game will not be shown on local TV or League Pass, but you can listen to it on radio.

79 Comments

  1. LeoneL

    October 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Thornton is gonna break out of this funk.

  2. rm

    October 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

    At last I don’t need to stay up still 3 in the morning to watch a game. I watched the last couple of games on a free internet streaming site. If I find such a site (and I get through my company firewall) for this game I will publish the website if anyone is interested.

    • LeoneL

      October 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

      Do share. 😀

  3. Zwie

    October 20, 2010 at 9:48 am

    as much as i would love a stream as well. i doubt youll find one.. if the game isnt showed on tv, and its just being radio broadcasted, then how will someone be able to stream it?

    but hey, maybe u can sir,,,…

  4. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    And the people in NOLA won’t get the radio broadcast until 6pm. What kind of crap is that? LOL!

  5. Starberries

    October 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

    You can listen on NBA.com, with the “Listen Live with LEAGUE PASS Audio” link on the page with the boxscore for the game.

  6. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Is the boxscore right? I see David West scored the first 2 points. West is playing?

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

      Yes. Seems active.

  7. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Belinelli starting off hot! 3-3 on 3 pointers already.

  8. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Dang. I jinxed him. Now he’s 3-4. Haha! But Ariza just knocked one down.

  9. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Belinelli!!!!!

  10. 42

    October 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    The danger of small samples: 14 points for Marco, 4 assists for Paul . . . in 5 minutes!

  11. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    42-Looks like CP3 is finding Marco early and often. Haha.

  12. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:21 am

    His first target was his main man D-West though.

  13. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Listen…

    http://www.espn1410.com/

    I didn’t enter any info. Just clicked on No Thanks.

    • CarnbY

      October 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Thank you!

  14. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    For some reason I’m really not liking the way Sean Kelley says “Belly-Nelly”. LOL!

  15. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Belinelli is smoking this morning!!!

  16. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Aaron Gray with more fouls than rebounds. Goodness.

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 10:30 am

      Yeah. I saw that. Don’t worry, he won’t be racking up either for a few minutes.

  17. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Time to start driving and getting to the foul line.

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Yeah, Queen. That’s basically how the Bobcats are in this.

      • QueenBee

        October 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

        Right. We have no free throw attempts at all.

  18. berlin-hornets

    October 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Get Willie Green out of the game. I cant see or listen to game, but what I am seeing on Gamecast is truly disturbing.

  19. 42

    October 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    We went -5 as soon as he came in for Chris to end the first. The second is a little better with Peja in there. Mbenga is turning it over. He needs to settle down.

  20. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Gerry V just said Willie Green needs to settle his group down.

  21. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:48 am

    V says he likes the CP3/Willie Green combination.

  22. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Also when we get to the free throw line we’ve got to make them guys. Make them!

  23. 42

    October 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Green 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: West (2 AST) . . . oy vey . .

    Strawberry, no assists. -4 on his watch.

  24. carpo

    October 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    can we just trade green as soon as his 60 days is up for an actual pg who wont throw up illl advised prayers so often. chucky atkins? pooh jetter? kevin ollie? sean livingtson. ANYONEEEEEE

  25. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Wow. So Strawberry got off the bench before Thornton today? Wowwwwww.

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

      Yeah. That could mean a few things. Thornton has a guaranteed contract and Strawberry doesn’t. It could be that they want a better look at Strawberry. It could also more Thornton is in the doghouse. Or other things that are unfounded, like Thornton is hurt.

      Okafor? Him not playing is making me sick.

      • Edbballin504

        October 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

        It’s like Okafor is the teacher’s pet in school, or the favorite child. Dude gets days off and all these perks no one else gets. I wonder whats really going on. I would be upset if I was his teammate.

  26. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Here comes Belinelli. Hopefully he can continue his hotness.

  27. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Aww come on West!! Now he’s got a tech.

  28. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Now the Bobcats have the lead.

  29. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

    17 Bobcat free throws to the Hornets 2 free throws. We have GOT to get to the line.

  30. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

    West headed to the free throw line.

  31. berlin-hornets

    October 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    we are at the line and west made the first one. keep it up

  32. cheifyoungblood

    October 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

    watching gamecast and still no Thornton? think their protecting his trade value ? maybe be the 3rd team in the NY for Melo deal

  33. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Are they protecting Emeka’s trade value too? What’s up with him?

  34. Edbballin504

    October 20, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I find it interesting that Thornton hasn’t played. Something has got to be brewing. I think theres another move in the works soon that involves him, and potentially Peja. We will have to stay tuned. I hope we don;t make a mistake. Defense is important, but a pure scorer is an asset as well in my oppinion.

  35. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I would really hate to get rid of Thornton. Maybe he’s been hearing his name in trade rumors and it’s on his mind HARD. I’m sure he loves playing for his hometown.

  36. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Enough with the turnovers Hornets!

  37. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

    CP has to get back into a shooting rhythm.

  38. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

    3 free throws for Belinelli. Knock em down man.

  39. rm

    October 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I am worried … Pops seems to be undoing every thing he did Monday.

  40. berlin-hornets

    October 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

    How many turnovers does Paul have. He getting picked by the minute. Somehow I am happy I can only see it on gamecast.
    It feels like a trade in the making. But with Peja, Okafor and Marcus in the mix that would have be a major one.
    I am perplexed.

    • Edbballin504

      October 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

      I think its major too but I cant figure out for who…what yall think? The only major players out there I see that might be on the trade block is Rip Hamilton, maybe Prince, Melo Anthony, Jamison, Monta Ellis, Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Elton Brand….none of these guys fit with our new defensive mentality. Melo might work but I cant see him coming here. How sweet would it be if we could land Josh Smith!

      • cheifyoungblood

        October 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm

        three team deal sending Melo to the knicks and Galinari to us ?

  41. Caleb

    October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Paul has 4 TOs berlin.

    Man, 3 quarters and no Marcus. I’m really getting worried now. A nearly full season of 20 points per 36 minutes and a 17+ PER can’t just be a fluke.

  42. sk

    October 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Something is not right.
    Suddendly Bellinelli has 4 fouls.. What is coach gonna do now? Play Green for the whole of 4th quarter? Why has not he used MT before? (Just keep him in the game in case Bellinelli does not perform well/has fouls/gets tired).

    it does not make sense.

  43. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    West got ejected??!!!

    • Caleb

      October 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      lol.

      • QueenBee

        October 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

        Well I guess if it’s time to get accustomed to these new technical rules preseason would be the time right? LOL.

  44. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Peja for 3!!

  45. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Does CP3 really need to return? Let’s see what Jerrells can do.

    • CarnbY

      October 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      I was thinking the same thing, I don’t understand Monty’s rotations today.

  46. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    No PT for Pondexter yet today?

  47. rm

    October 20, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Maybe he has read the blog – Pops has picked it up again

  48. 42

    October 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Nice of us to give them this 4th chance.

  49. pinoyballah

    October 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    bryon scott i mean monty let thorton play.

    • Forever504

      October 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm

      I laughed so hard at this i almost pissed my self HAHAH

  50. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Overtime?? Are you kidding me??!!!!

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      Yeah, I’m just messing with you. We all know Deron and the Heat won this one.

  51. L_Reazy

    October 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Question:

    If the Detroit Pistons wanted Emeka Okafor and Marcus Thornton for Tayshaun Prince should the Hornets pull the trigger on that trade? We would still have Peja’s expiring deal, along with Tayshaun’s too, plus a potentially better rotation for 2010-2011.

    F-West 6″9, F-Prince 6″9, Smith 7″0, G-Ariza 6″8, G-Paul 6″0

    F-Mensah-Bonsu 6″9, F-Stojakovic 6″9, C-Gray 7″0, G-Belinelli 6″5, G- Green 6″3

    F-Alexander 6″8, F-Pondexter 6″6, C-Mbenga 7″0, G-Strawberry 6″5, G-Jerrells 6″0

    L_Reazy

    • Michael McNamara

      October 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      I can see a Pistons trade happening, but with different parts:

      Meka and spare parts (or 3rd team) for Rip and Wilcox. Or Peja for Rip and Wilcox (depending if Pistons want to clear space or overpay a big as opposed to overpaying a SG) Then MT5 gets moved in a different transaction that gets the Hornets back some size.

      Prince is too similar to Ariza and I know Monty loves Trevor. But Rip is the kind of guy I can see this new regime being interested in (proven winner, a vet, good bball IQ, etc.)

  52. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Who pushed? CP pushed somebody?

  53. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Must’ve been Pops with the push. He fouled out.

  54. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    If CP would make more of his shots this game may be over already. If David West had not have gotten ejected this game may be over already. If we would’ve gotten to the free throw line more, this game may be over already.

    • 42

      October 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Lots of opportunities to end this, yeah. It’s frustrating not being able to see the game and know what the problems really are.

  55. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm

  56. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Put Jerrells in.

  57. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    One more to go.

  58. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Marco’s hotness from 3 went to waste. 🙁

  59. 42

    October 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    No minutes for Marcus, Quincy, Joe, and Emeka.

    Emeka . . . whatever the reason, he is a special case.

    Joe . . . this can’t be good for him.

    Quincy . . . maybe this is to explore how we’d play at the 3 with him in D-League.

    Marcus . . . maybe he’s just asking Marcus to sit and watch, to play the game in his head. Or maybe he’s trying to make him mad. Or maybe this situation is souring. I don’t know if it’s easier to see him not play or to see him play vastly worse than last year.

    • QueenBee

      October 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      @42- If you had to guess, which player(s) will be the last cut?

      • frijole ghost

        October 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

        strawberry if they keep 15…minus alexander if they keep 14

  60. QueenBee

    October 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Exactly 1 week away from opening night. Let’s get it together guys.

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