Game On: Hornets @ Bobcats

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.


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