Charlotte Hornets News
11-28-16: After the Hornets lost to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night to drop their fourth consecutive game, Charlotte bounced back to end the losing streak on Saturday. Although Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams each missed their first game of the season, Kemba Walker scored a game-high 28 points, as the Hornets won, 107-102, in the back end of home-and-home set.
11-21-16: Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the visiting Hornets on Saturday night, but the Hornets still own one of the better records in the Eastern Conference at 8-4. Charlotte put together two wins together on Tuesday and Friday, as Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum led the team in scoring in those contests.
11-7-16: On Friday, Kemba Walker was the game-high scorer for the second consecutive game, as the Hornets moved their record to 4-1. Walker scored 30 points in Friday’s 99-95 victory over the Nets at Brooklyn. Charlotte next heads home for three consecutive games at Time Warner Cable Arena, as the Hornets look to extend their winning streak.
4-25-16: In a team effort, the Nicolas Batum-less Hornets blew out the visiting Miami Heat in Saturday’s Game 3. The victory was by 16 points, but it could have been by even more with how well Charlotte played. Although the Hornets’ shooting was not at its best, they had six double-digit scorers, turned the ball over just three times, missed only one of their 22 free throws and dominated in the paint.
4-12-16: Cody Zeller was out on Monday against his brother Tyler Zeller and the Boston Celtics due to a sternum contusion, and Al Jefferson filled in at center for the Hornets. He scored 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds in the 114-100 victory. Jeremy Lin put up a game-high 25 points along with seven rebounds and five assists.
3-29-16: On March 21, Jeremy Lin scored a game-high 29 points, as the Hornets defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 91-88, to get Charlotte’s record back to 10 games above .500 in 2015-16. Marvin Williams sat last Tuesday due to an ankle injury in the Hornets’ 105-100 victory at Brooklyn. He returned on Friday and struggled in the 112-105 loss in Detroit. However, Williams bounced back with 21 points to go along with Nicolas Batum’s game-high 25 points in the 115-91 victory in Milwaukee on Saturday.
3-14-16: The Hornets have played tremendously well in March, as they still have yet to lose a game this month. Heading into Monday’s contest against the visiting Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte is 7-0 in March. Kemba Walker’s game-high 26 points against the Houston Rockets on Saturday led Charlotte to the 125-109 victory.
2-29-16: The Hornets struggled a bit over the last week, but are still two games above .500 this season. After losing by 11 points in Cleveland on Wednesday, Charlotte withstood Paul George’s game-high 32 points two days later. With Kemba Walker’s game-winning lay-up with just a few seconds remaining, the Hornets won, 96-95, against the Pacers. Charlotte lost, 87-76, in Atlanta, but the team’s lengthy road trip is over.
2-23-16: The Hornets, who acquired Courtney Lee in a three-team deal last week, have a five-game winning streak going after Sunday’s 104-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Kemba Walker, who scored 28 points, has been the game-high scorer in each of the team’s last four contests. There is even more good news for Charlotte, as Al Jefferson is now playing without pain.
2-16-16: The Hornets, who might not have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the rest of the season, made it three straight wins on Wednesday with their 117-95 blowout of the Pacers in Indiana. Kemba Walker, who scored 25 points in the contest, was the game-high scorer for the second consecutive game. Cody Zeller was the game-high rebounder with his first double-double in almost a month.
2-10-16: Although the Hornets are still without Al Jefferson, who will not return until after the lengthy All-Star break, they have finally brought their record back to .500. After Saturday’s 108-104 victory over the Washington Wizards, Charlotte took a day off to rest. The Hornets then ended their four-game homestand by blowing out the Chicago Bulls, 108-91.
2-3-16: The Hornets are on the verge of getting their record back to .500 for the first time since early January, as they have won four of their last six games. They even survived their four-game West Coast road trip with a 2-2 record, including Sunday’s 101-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers behind Marvin Williams’s 19 points and game-high 12 rebounds.
1-12-16: Things have unraveled for the Charlotte Hornets as they’ve dropped seven straight games and lost the positive vibes from earlier this season. Now three games under .500, the Hornets look to turn things around against the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks this week.
1-4-16: After their hot start, the Charlotte Hornets are starting to show signs of fading after going 3-7 in their last 10 games and having a three-game losing streak into the New Year. Still one game above .500, the Hornets begins a four-game West Coast road trip including a game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
12-28-15: Coming back down to Earth, the Charlotte Hornets have lose five of their last seven games but are still in the Eastern Conference jumble and are hovering around a playoff spot. The end of a four-game homestand is near with games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
12-21-15: Charlotte is the Eastern Conference’s surprise story in the first quarter of the NBA season, posing a 15-11 record. The Hornets play their best ball at home and have three of their next four games at Time Warner Cable Arena.
12-11-15: Yes the standings are correct — the Charlotte Hornets are in second place of the Eastern Conference, sitting at five games above .500 with their recent three-game win streak and 8-2 record in their last 10 games. The Hornets have a slate of Eastern Conference opponents approaching with games against the Celtics, Magic, Raptors and Wizards.
11-19-15: Sitting at .500, the Hornets need to find a way to start winning on the road if they want to be involved in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Lucky for them, they begin a six-game homestand tomorrow against the winless Philadelphia 76ers.
11-5-15: Losing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist before the season started spelled doom for the Charlotte Hornets, especially after their 0-3 start, but have regrouped at won back-to-back games heading into the NBA’s second weekend.
3-31-15: The Charlotte Hornets would be on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoffs if the 2014/2015 season ended today. With the Hornets 29-37 record the team would be the 10th best team and would miss out on the playoffs this season. The Hornets started this week by making the trip out to Sacramento to face off against Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings. During the game the Hornets were held to just 40% shooting as a team and never scored more than 24 points in a quarter in an eventual 101-91 loss to the Kings. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who had 33 points for Sacramento while Derrick Williams added 13 points in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile the Hornets scoring attack was led by 20 points from Gerald Henderson while Kemba Walker added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip to Minnesota to face off with Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game the Hornets defense got tough when it counted holding the Timberwolves to just 39 points in the second half en route to a 109-89 victory over Minnesota. The leading scorer in the contest was Mo Williams who had 24 points for the Hornets while Al Jefferson pulled down 11 rebounds in the victory for Charlotte. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wolves was led by Dieng who had 16 points but it was not enough in the loss for Minnesota. The Hornets were back out on the court the very next night in Chicago’s United Center facing off with Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls. During the game the Bulls clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when the team took care of business against Charlotte 98-86. The leading scorer in the contest was Kemba Walker who had 29 points for the Hornets while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added nine rebounds in the loss for Charlotte. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Bulls was led by Nikola Mirotic who had 28 points while Pau Gasol added 12 rebounds in the victory for Chicago. For the Hornets next contest the team stayed at home in Charlotte when the team played host to Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Nets continued their climb to the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs when the team took care of Charlotte by the final score of 91-88. The leading scorer in the contest was Brook Lopez who led the Nets with 34 points and 10 rebounds with the help of 14 assists from Deron Williams in the victory for Brooklyn. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Hornets was led by Al Jefferson who had 23 points but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 30-40. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Washington to play the Washington Wizards before finishing the week at home playing host to the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons.
3-24-15: The Charlotte Hornets have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 28-35 record. The Hornets started this week by staying at home in Charlotte to play host to Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls. During the game the Hornets managed just 19 points in the first quarter but the Charlotte defense picked up the offense and held the Bulls to just 31 points in the second half which led to a 101-91 victory for the Hornets. The leading scorer in the contest was Aaron Brooks who had 24 points for Chicago while Pau Gasol added 18 points in the loss for the Bulls. Meanwhile the Hornets scoring attack was led by 20 points from Gerald Henderson while Mo Williams added 18 points in the victory for Charlotte. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip out to Utah to face off with Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz. During the game the Jazz held the Hornets to a season low 66 points in a 94-66 rout for Utah. The leading scorer in the contest was Hood who had 24 points for Utah while Gobert added 22 rebounds in the victory for the Jazz. Meanwhile Stephenson managed 17 points for Charlotte but had little help from his supporting cast in the loss for the Hornets. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip out to the Staples Center to face off with the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Clippers impressively posted 59 points in the first half and rode that big lead all the way to a 99-92 victory over Charlotte. The leading scorer in the contest was JJ Redick who had 23 points for Los Angeles while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds in the victory for the Clippers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Hornets was led by Al Jefferson who had 21 points and Mo Williams 11 rebounds and eight assists but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 29-37. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a trio of road games against the Sacramento Kings, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Chicago Bulls before returning home to play host to the Brooklyn Nets.
3-3-15: The Charlotte Hornets come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 22-30 record. The Hornets started this week by staying at home in Charlotte to play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Hornets fell apart offensively in the fourth quarter and dropped a close game to the Thunder by the final score of 110-103. The newest member of the Hornets Mo Williams led the team in scoring with 24 points while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson added 20 points each in the loss for Charlotte. Meanwhile Oklahoma City enjoyed another big night from Russell Westbrook who led all scorers with 33 points while Serge Ibaka added 16 points in the victory for the Thunder. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip out West to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. During the game Charlotte was held to just 35 points in the first half and did not fare much better in the second half in an eventual 92-81 loss to the Mavericks. Williams led the scoring attack for Charlotte with 22 points while Al Jefferson added 17 rebounds but the rest of the Hornets offense fell flat in the loss. Meanwhile Monta Ellis led all scorers in the game with 23 points while Dirk Nowitzki grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory for the Mavericks. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip out to Chicago to take on Pau Gasol and the rest of the Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Bulls began their second season without their best player in Derrick Rose and the offense struggled because of his absence in a 98-86 loss to Charlotte. The Hornets scoring attack was led by an 18 points and 12 rebounds double-double from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist while new face Mo Williams added 17 points in the victory for Charlotte. Meanwhile the Bulls offense was run through Pau Gasol for much of the night as he had 25 points and 13 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Bulls. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 23-32. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road games against the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic before returning home to Charlotte to host the Los Angeles Lakers. The team will then finish their week off back out on the road when the team faces off with the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn.
2-20-15: The Charlotte Hornets enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 22-30 record. The Hornets started this
week by watching one of their own in Cody Zeller participate in the inaugural World vs. Team USA Rising
Stars Game and score 12 points in the loss for Team USA. The next night NBA All Star Weekend
culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the
Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown
out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive
department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square
Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning
the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown
hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30
points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again
showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game.
When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-30. Get your tickets
for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder before setting out on
the road to face off with the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls to finish their week.
2-9-15: The Charlotte Hornets came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Eastern Conference this season posting a 19-27 record. The Hornets started this week by making the trip to
Denver to take on Arron Afflalo and the Denver Nuggets. During the contest Charlotte used 47%
shooting as a team and a stingy defense that allowed just 36% shooting to take down Denver by the final
score of 104-86. In the contest the Hornets attack was led by 21 points from Cody Zeller while Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 points in the victory for Charlotte. Meanwhile the Nuggets attack was led by 15
points from Danilo Gallinari while JJ Hickson added 12 points but it was not enough in the tough loss for
Denver. For the Hornets next contest the team made the trip to Washington to take on the Washington
Wizards. During the contest the Hornets were able to take advantage of an off night of shooting from
John Wall to take down the Wizards by the final score of 92-88. Bradley Beal, not Wall, led the Wizards
in scoring on the night with 18 points and 11 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Washington.
Meanwhile the Charlotte attack was led by 18 points from Al Jefferson and 13 rebounds from Michael
Kidd-Gilchrist in the victory for the Hornets. The Hornets were back at home in Charlotte to finish their
week off playing host to John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game Charlotte won their
final game of the week behind a big night from Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson. Henderson led all
scorers in the game for the Hornets with 27 points while Jefferson pulled down 10 rebounds in a 94-87
victory over Washington. The Wizards offensive attack was led by 19 points from Paul Pierce and 13
assists from John Wall but it was not enough in the loss to Charlotte. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-27. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers before returning home to Charlotte to play host to the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons.
1-29-15: host to George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the contest these two teams went back and forth for most of the night in a game that could not be decided after four quarters. The Pacers forced the
overtime behind 19 points from David West but the team received 0 points from Solomon Hill after
almost 32 minutes of play. Meanwhile Gerald Henderson scored 20 points for the Hornets as Charlotte
took over in the second half and into the overtime period. When the extra five minute period had
expired the Hornets had taken control and had taken down the Pacers by the final score of 80-71. For
the Hornets next contest the team traveled back home to Charlotte to play host to one of the worst
teams in the NBA in the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest Charlotte used 45% shooting as a
team and a rough night shooting from the Timberwolves to take down Minnesota by the final score of
105-80. Charlotte’s leading scorer in the contest was Gerald Henderson who scored 17 points while
Brian Roberts added 16 points in the win for the Hornets. Meanwhile Thaddeus Young did his best for
the Wolves scoring 18 points but it was not nearly enough in the loss for Minnesota. For the Hornets
next contest the team was back at home in Charlotte playing host to Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the
rest of the Miami Heat. During the contest the Hornets narrowly edges Miami despite a lackluster fourth
quarter shooting. Charlotte scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter but eventually held off the Heat
by the final score of 78-76. Kemba Walker led the way for Charlotte with 15 points while Kidd-Gilchrist
added 14 rebounds in the victory for the Hornets. Meanwhile Chris Bosh led the Heat’s offensive attack
with 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead all scorers but it was not enough in the loss for Miami. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-25. Get your tickets for next
week as the team travels to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers before returning home to
Charlotte to play host to the New York Knicks. The Hornets will then finish their week off back out on the
road when the team takes on the defending NBA champions in the San Antonio Spurs.
1-12-15: The Charlotte Hornets came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 10-23. The Hornets started this week by staying home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers without LeBron James for the foreseeable future. During the game the Cavaliers took advantage of 27 points from Kevin Love and an off night of shooting for Charlotte in a 91-87 victory over the Hornets. Gerald Henderson led five Charlotte players that scored in double figures but Kyrie Irving and Love were too much for the Cavaliers in the contest. The very next night the Hornets were back on the court in Orlando taking on the Orlando Magic. During the game the Hornets used 45% shooting from the field and 30 points from Kemba Walker in a 98-90 victory over the Magic. Charlotte held Orlando to just 38% shooting while dominating the rebounding glass in an easy victory for the Hornets. The Magic’s attack was led by21 points from Victor Oladipo but it was not enough in the loss to Charlotte. The Hornets looked to get another win in their next contest when the team traveled to Boston to take on the new look Boston Celtics. During the contest Charlotte jumped all over the Bucks early and often outscoring Boston in each of the first three quarters of the game. The Celtics tried to stick close behind 22 points from Jared Sullinger but it was not enough to overcome Kemba Walker and the Hornets. Walker led all scorers in the contest with 33 points as he and his Charlotte teammates pushed towards a 104-95 victory over the Celtics. The Hornets returned home to Charlotte for their next contest when the team played host to Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Pelicans jumped out quickly over the Hornets before Charlotte and Kemba Walker staged a second half comeback. Walker led Charlotte with 31 points and led the team to victory in come from behind fashion 98-94. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 32 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans but it was not enough for the Pelicans in the loss. Charlotte finished off their week when the team traveled to Toronto to take on the suddenly struggling Toronto Raptors. During the contest Michael Jordan’s Hornets jumped all over the Raptors with a big 31 point first quarter that the team was reluctant to relinquish. Charlotte finished the game shooting48% from the field while holding Toronto to just 40% shooting in a 103-95 victory over the Raptors. Lowry led the way for Toronto with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists but it was not enough to overcome Gerald Henderson’s game high 31 point effort for Charlotte in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-24. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to New York to take on the New York Knicks before returning home to Charlotte to take on the San Antonio Spurs.
1-2-15: The Charlotte Hornets 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a 10-19 overall record. The Hornets started this week by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest the Thunder were in complete control of the game for the final three quarters as the team held Charlotte to just 29% shooting and under 20 points in each quarter. The Thunder and Russell Westbrook’s 29 point night went on to beat the Hornets by the final score of 98-75. Charlotte’s attack was led by 17 points from Brian Roberts who was one of only two players to score in double figures in the contest for the Hornets. Charlotte was back at it again the very next night when the team was back at home playing host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Magic shot 46% from the field while holding Charlotte to just 42% in a closely contested game. Kemba Walker led all scorers with 42 points in the game for Charlotte but Nikola Vucevic’s 22 points and 11 rebounds proved to be too much for the Hornets. Vucevic and the Magic went on to defeat the Hornet’s despite Walker’s big night by the score of 102-94. The Hornets hoped to turn things around during their next contest when the team stayed home to host the Milwaukee Bucks in Charlotte. During the contest the Charlotte Hornets were able to force an overtime period despite shooting just 37% from the field and despite scoring just 32 points in the first half. Kemba Walker once again led the way for the Hornets with 28 points to lead all scorers but the team came up short in the extra five minute frame. Brandon Knight led the Bucks to an overtime victory with his team high 18 points as Milwaukee went on to beat Charlotte by the score of 104-94. The Hornets hoped to end their week on a high note and turn things around when the team traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets. During the contest Charlotte managed just 38% shooting from the field as a team and a meager 17% from beyond the arc in a 102-83 loss to the Rockets. Houston’s attack was led by 36 points from James Harden while four of his teammates scored in double figures. Charlotte fought back behind 16 points from Gerald Henderson but it was not enough in the loss to Houston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 10-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers before setting out on the road to face off with the Orlando Magic, the Boston Celtics, the Charlotte Hornets and the Toronto Raptors.
12-22-14: The Charlotte Hornets start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 6-15 record. The Hornets started this week by traveling to Memphis to take on one of the best teams in the NBA in the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest Memphis surpisingly had their hands full with the struggling Hornets and their offensive attack. Kemba Walker had 28 points for the Hornets as Charlotte took a lead into the fourth quarter before allowing Memphis back to force overtime. The game was not settled after one overtime period but the Grizzlies and Zach Randolph took over in the second overtime. Randolph finished with 20 points as the Grizzlies narrowly beat the Hornets in double overtime by the score of 113-107. The very next night the Hornets were back at home in Charlotte playing host to the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Nets held the Hornets to just 38% shooting from the field with stingy defense and tough rebounding. Brooklyn, behind 22 points from Joe Johnson, knocked down16 three point shots to put a big cushion between them and the Hornets. Charlotte was led by 15 points from Michael Kidd-Gilchrest but it was not enough in a 114-87 loss. Charlotte looked for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest Cleveland used a big first quarter in which the team doubled up Charlotte with 34 points to propel them to an easy victory at home. LeBron James led all scorers with 27 points in the contest while Kevin Love added 22 points and a staggering 18 rebounds. Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored 24 points to lead the Hornets attack but it was not enough in a 97-88 loss to Cleveland. The Hornets hoped for better results in their next contest when the team played host to the Phoenix Suns at home in Charlotte. During the contest Charlotte used a blistering first half in which the team scored 61 points to take an early lead over Phoenix. Al Jefferson’s 28 points and 10 rebounds had Charlotte feeling good about the contest before Isaiah Thomas and the Suns began to chip away in the third quarter. Thomas finished with a team high 23 points in the contest while the Suns scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to complete a second half comeback and win the game by the score of 111-106. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-19. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers before returning home to play host to the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets. The Hornets will finish their week off in Milwaukee on the road taking on the Milwaukee Bucks.
12-15-14: The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 4-15 record. The Hornets started this week by traveling back home to Charlotte to take on the New York Knicks. During the contest the Charlotte Hornets did just enough in the first three quarters to put all the pressure on the New York Knicks and specifically Carmelo Anthony. The Hornets outscored the Knicks in each of the first three quarters and took a 16 point lead into the fourth quarter after Gerald Henderson led all scorers with 22 points. The Knicks led by Anthony’s 32 points staged an epic fourth quarter comeback scoring 33 points in the final quarter but the team would still fall by one as the Hornets would beat New York by the score of 103-102. The Hornets finished their week off back at home playing host to the Boston Celtics. During the contest Al Jefferson led the way for the Hornets with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Kemba Walker added 18 points in a 96-87 victory for Charlotte. The Celtics had Jeff Green score 16 points in the loss but it obviously wasn’t enough on the night. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-15. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road Friday to Memphis to take on the Memphis Grizzlies while the Black Keys play in Charlotte’s Times Warner Cable Center. The team will then travel home to Charlotte to host the Brooklyn Nets before setting out on the road to face off with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Charlotte will finish their week back at home playing host to the Phoenix Suns.
12-5-14: The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 4-12 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Hornets started this week by traveling back home to Charlotte to host the high powered offense of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Hornets took a 80-74 lead into the fourth quarter against one of the best teams in the NBA this season after playing stellar defense against Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. During the contest the Warriors Marreese Speights went off in the fourth quarter as he attempted to lead his Memphis teammates all the way back after trailing early. Speights scored the first 16 points for the Warriors in the fourth quarter as the Warriors came back to beat the Hornets by the score of 106-101. The Hornets were back at it again the very next night this time out on the road in Atlanta taking on the Atlanta Hawks. During the contest the Hawks came out with the hot shooting hand taking a quick 28-17 lead after one quarter and a commanding 64-28 lead at halftime. Things weren’t much better for the Hornets in the second half as the team struggled to break the 80 point barrier shooting just 33% from the field as a team. Atlanta on the other hand was led by 18 points from Paul Millsap in a 105-75 victory over Charlotte. The Hornets looked to finish their week off with a victory in their next contest as the team traveled back home to play host to the red hot Chicago Bulls. During the contest the Bulls took advantage of some light defense from the Hornets outscoring their opponents in three of the four quarters in the game. Chicago finished with 46% shooting led by Pau Gasol’s 19 points and 15 rebounds night while the Bulls held Charlotte to just 40% shooting from the field. Kemba Walker led all scorers in the contest with 23 points but the Hornets would fall to the Bulls by the score of 102-95. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-15. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team travels home to Charlotte to host the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics before welcoming the Black Keys performance in the Warner Cable Arena.
11-28-14: The Charlotte Hornets first year back has not started out as planned as Michael Jordan’s team has started the 2014/2015 campaign with a less than impressive 4-8 record. The Hornets started this week by heading back home to Charlotte to host the Orlando Magic in an Eastern Conference showdown. In the contest six Magic players scored in double figures including Evan Fournier who led all Orlando players with 21 points in the contest. Meanwhile Charlotte was led by Al Jefferson who led all scorers with 24 points in the contest but it was not enough as the Magic edged the Hornets by the score of 105-100. The Hornets looked for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Miami to take on the Miami Heat in a road contest. This contest was decided on the free throw line and from beyond the arc as the Heat shot 90% from the charity stripe while knocking down 11 three point shots. The leading scorer for Miami was Loul Deng who had 26 points on the night while Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers each added 20 points. Charlotte only knocked down seven three point shots while managing 75% from the free throw line as the Hornets fell to the Heat by the score of 94-93. Charlotte was back at home for their next contest as the Hornets played host to the Los Angeles Clippers. In the contest Charlotte shot a miniscule 10% from three point land and wasn’t much better overall as the team finished with a 41% shooting percentage as a team. Charlotte was led by 17 points from Cody Zeller and 16 points from Al Jefferson but it wasn’t enough in a 113-92 loss to the Clippers. Los Angeles was led by 22 points each from the duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in the victory for the Clippers. In the final game of the week the Hornets traveled back home to Charlotte to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest Brian Roberts had a career night for the Hornets scoring 24 points while star Al Jefferson added 21 points and 14 rebounds as Charlotte shot 44% from the field as a team. Portland ruined Roberts’ career night by exploding in the third quarter and completing a second half comeback to win the game by the score of 105-97. In the contest Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 28 points while Damian Lillard added 22 points in the victory for Portland. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-12. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team travels home to host the Golden State Warriors before setting out on the road to take on the Atlanta Hawks. Charlotte will then return home to finish their week off by hosting the Chicago Bulls.
11-21-14: The Charlotte Hornets first season after returning to the Hornets nickname has not exactly gone as
planned as the team has started the 2014/2015 season with a less than impressive 3-5 record. The
Hornets started this week by traveling to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns on the road. In the
contest the Suns were led by five players who scored in double digits including Kemba Walker’s 19 point
night. The home team shot just 28% from beyond the arc in the contest in what proved to be the
deciding factor in the game. The Hornets had five players score in double digits including 22 points from
Eric Bledsoe but Charlotte shot just 44% from three point land in a 103-95 victory for the Hornets on the
road. The next night the Hornets were back at it in Golden State playing a road game against the Golden
State Warriors. In the game Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 40 points and 14 assists
while the Warriors shot an impressive 52% from the field as a team. The Hornets had a rough night
shooting from the field as the team only managed 38% shooting on the night. Kemba Walker had a cold
night shooting especially as he managed just 3-14 shooting from the field and 8 points in a 112-87 loss
to Golden State. The Hornets took that fire from the loss with them back home when they hosted the
Dallas Mavericks in Charlotte. In the contest the Hornets were led by 18 points from Gerald Henderson
but only two others scored in double figures in what turned out to be a rough night shooting for
Charlotte. Meanwhile Dallas was led by 18 points from Monta Ellis as the team shot a combined 51%
from the field in a 107-80 victory for the Mavericks. Charlotte finished their week off by traveling to
Indiana to take on the Indiana Pacers in a road contest. Jefferson led all scorers with 28 points in the
contest leading the Hornets into the fourth quarter with the lead. The Pacers took over in the fourth
quarter behind Roy Hibbert and Luis Scola as Indiana went on to win the contest by the score of 88-86.
The Hornets committed 21 fouls in the contest while Indiana played more disciplined fouling only 13
times. The free throw line is where the game changing difference was made in the Indiana victory. When
the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 4-8. Get your Hornets tickets
for next week as the team hosts the Orlando Magic in Charlotte before heading back out on the road to
face off with the Miami Heat. Charlotte will then finish their week off by playing a pair of home games
against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers.
11-14-14: The Charlotte Hornets had a good start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team posted a 2-3 record in their first full week back as the Hornets. The Hornets started this week by hosting the Atlanta Hawks at home in a game that turned out to be a shootout. Charlotte was once again led by Al Jefferson as the center scored 34 points in the contest while Gary Neal added 23 points off the bench for the Hornets. The home team Hawks had six players that scored in double digits including three players to eclipse the 20 point mark but it was not enough as the Hornets outscored Atlanta by the score of 122-119. Charlotte took their two game winning streak with them when the team traveled to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers who were still searching for their first victory of the season. In the game Al Jefferson once again led the way for the Hornets with 23 points but the Lakers duo of Kobe Bryant and Jeremy Lin combined for 42 points. In the end the Lakers got their first victory of the season as Los Angeles beat Charlotte in convincing fashion by the score of 107-92. The Hornets looked to rebound in their next contest when the team traveled to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. In the game the Hornets were led by 22 points from Al Jefferson as the team took a comfortable lead with them into the fourth quarter. The Trail Blazers exploded in the fourth quarter behind Damian Lillard and LeMarcus Aldridge as Portland outscored the Hornets 27-15 in the final quarter to win the game by the score of 102-100. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-5. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to face off with the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors before heading back home to host the Dallas Mavericks. Charlotte will finish their schedule up back out on the road when they face off with the Indiana Pacers.
11-7-14: The Charlotte Hornets started their 2014/2015 season off last week by barely edging the Milwaukee
Bucks in the Hornets home opener and in their first game after reclaiming the Hornets nickname. With
the Hornets 1-0 on the season and with the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Hornets
hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at home to start the week. Al Jefferson led the Hornets scoring attack in
the contest with 19 points but Marc Gasol’s 22 points were enough for the Grizzlies to push their record
to 3-0 on the season as they edged the Hornets by the score of 71-69. The Hornets then traveled to
Madison Square Garden for their first road game of the season as they took on the New York Knicks on
the road. In the game Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 28 points including his 20,000th point of his
career while Amar’e Stoudemire chipped in 17 and Iman Shumpert chipped in 15 points while four
Hornets scored in double figures led by Al Jefferson’s 21 points in a 96-93 home victory for the Knicks.
Looking to snap their two game losing streak the Hornets traveled to New Orleans to take on the
Pelicans in a road contest. In the game 21 points from Gary Neal and 20 points from Al Jefferson were
not enough to stop the New Orleans scoring attack of Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson, and
Jrue Holiday as the Pelicans went on to beat the Hornets by the score of 100-91 to hand Charlotte their
third consecutive loss. Charlotte finished off their schedule for the week by traveling to South Beach to
take on the Miami Heat. In the game Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade once again led the scoring attack for
the Heat and once again their scoring output was not enough. Charlotte’s Al Jefferson and Kemba
Walker led the Hornets to a victory by the score of 96-89. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 2-3. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team hosts the
Atlanta Hawks at home before heading out on the road to finish their week off with games against the
Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers.
10-31-14: The Charlotte Hornets tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Milwaukee Bucks at home after a less than stellar 3-5 preseason record. Charlotte welcomes back the Hornets nickname this season and also welcomed former Indiana Pacers player Lance Stephenson to the team. Owner Michael Jordan believes that Charlotte can contend in the Eastern Conference with the addition of Stephenson alongside players like Al Jefferson. The Hornets also extended Kemba Walker this summer to a four year extension with $48 million and Walker paid immediate dividends as Walker hit the game winning shot in the overtime victory for the Hornets over the Bucks. This was the first game for the Hornets since reclaiming the nickname after spending the last seasons as the Bobcats. Charlotte beat the Bucks in the first game of the season by the score of 108-106 as the franchise welcomes back Hornets fans to Charlotte. Get your Hornets tickets for next week as the team hosts the Memphis Grizzlies and the Miami Heat at home while traveling to take on the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks.
10-29-14: Following a name change after 10 seasons as the Bobcats, the Hornets enter the 2014-15 season with a newfound sense of hope for the future. The team posted 43 wins and clinched a playoff berth last season, which has allowed ticket prices on the secondary market to jump considerably this season. The average secondary price for Hornets tickets is $152.85, marking a 34.4% increase over last season’s average of $113.68. The Hornets also acquired Lance Stephenson from the Pacers over the offseason, who will undoubtedly provide a much-needed spark on a young team still searching for an identity.
10-24-14: Reclaiming their name this year are the Charlotte Hornets, who have ditched the Bobcats brand and have opted for the name that brought them seven playoff berths from 1988-2002. As the Bobcats last year, the team clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, though ultimately fell to the Miami Heat in four games.
10-15-14: The Charlotte Hornets have gotten through four of their eight scheduled games so far, opening their preseason with a 106-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct 8. Since, Charlotte had back to back wins over Washington and Orlando respectively, but dropped their last outing a 104-84 loss to the Detroit Pistons earlier today. Next on the Charlotte Hornets preseason schedule is another meeting with the Washington Wizards this Friday, followed by three more preseason games with Chicago, Atlanta, and Indiana before the Hornets start their regular season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Charlotte Hornets kick off their preseason tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers as they get set to begin their 8 game preseason schedule. Charlotte will then take on the Washington Wizards this Friday, followed by an October 13th meeting against the Orlando Magic, an October 15 meeting with the Detroit Pistons, and matchups with the Wizards, Bulls, Hawks, and Pacers to finish out their preseason schedule. The Charlotte Hornets were the Bobcats last season, but now after a postseason appearance, a much celebrated re-brand, and new uniforms. The Hornets now look to be a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.
9-22-14: The Charlotte Hornets are back and look to make some noise in the wide open eastern conference. The newly anointed Hornets will show off their new purple and teal jerseys with some new faces including Lance Stephenson. The former Indiana Pacer nearly made the all-star team last season and led the league in triple-doubles. The new Hornets also drafted P.J. Hairston, a shooting guard from the NBA Development League. While also retaining Gerald Henderson may create a logjam at shooting guard the Hornets look to have plenty of offensive weapons this season.
Charlotte Hornets 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 9, Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
Round 1, Pick 26, P.J. Hairston, SG, D-League/North Carolina (via trade with Miami
Round 2, Pick 45, Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford
Round 2, Pick 55, Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier (via trade with Miami Heat)
5-5-14: This franchise will finish with a 0-8 postseason record under the “Bobcats” name. LeBron James and the Miami Heat swept the future Charlotte Hornets and won each of the Bobcats’ two home games by double digits. James dominated this series and was able to score at the hoop easily because Al Jefferson was hobbling. Charlotte still has not beaten the Heat since James went to South Beach. In Game 3, Jefferson gutted out 20 points in 30 minutes, but he could not play in Game 4. Kemba Walker made up for the big man’s absence with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists in the final game of the series.
4-28-14: Al Jefferson put up double-doubles in each of the first two games of the series, but the Bobcats lost both contests. It is unfortunate that he is not fully healthy for just the fifth and sixth starts in his postseason career. Early in Game 1, Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia. He had the potential to score close to 30 points per game against this Heat team because Miami does not have a strong interior presence on defense. However, the injury has limited Jefferson, who is important to both the Bobcats’ offense and defense. Therefore, it will be very difficult for this year’s Charlotte team to get the first postseason win in franchise history.
4-21-14: Al Jefferson, who was among the best players this season in scoring and rebounding, continued his strong play in April as he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month. He made the most two-point shots in the NBA in April and led the Bobcats to the league’s best regular-season record in the shortened month. Charlotte finished the season winning eight of its final nine games, and Jefferson was the game-high rebounder in all nine contests. Unfortunately, the Bobcats, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, have to take on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. The last time Charlotte defeated the Heat in a game, LeBron James was in Cleveland.
4-16-14: Charlotte Bobcats playoff tickets average $260 on the secondary market, which is 2nd in the East and 3rd overall. The regular season average was $113, meaning there is a 129% playoff premium. The Bobcats are currently in the 7th seed in the East and are set to face the 2nd seeded Heat in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Bobcats suffered a frustrating overtime loss on Friday at Orlando, but Josh McRoberts had a fantastic night. He scored a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Kemba Walker and Eastern Conference Player of the Month Al Jefferson helped the Bobcats bounce back to win their remaining two games. On Monday, Charlotte beat the Washington Wizards by six points, and Walker led all players with 21 points and 10 assists at the Time Warner Cable Arena that night. Al Jefferson was the game-high rebounder in that contest as well as Wednesday’s one in Philadelphia. The Bobcats beat the 76ers by 30 points behind 25 points and 10 rebounds from Jefferson.
4-1-14: The Bobcats are looking very good, as they went 2-1 on a difficult homestand. They hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, and Al Jefferson had a fantastic game as the Bobcats won, 124-94. Not only did Jefferson lead all scorers at the Time Warner Cable Arena that night, but he also dished off a game-high six assists. Then on Monday, James Harden was too much for Charlotte as the Bobcats fell, 100-89. However, Jefferson was back at it on Wednesday. Jefferson put up game-highs in points and rebounds as the Bobcats defeated the Brooklyn Nets by five points in overtime.
3-24-14: The Bobcats have had an interesting schedule, in which nine consecutive mid-March games have alternated home and road venues. On Friday, they returned home to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Al Jefferson’s game-highs in points and rebounds helped Charlotte get the 105-93 victory. On Sunday, the Bobcats traveled to Milwaukee and beat the Bucks by nine points. The Bobcats were not as successful on the second night of the back-to-back set. Their four-game winning streak and eight-game home winning streak both ended with a 97-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Bobcats then lost to the Nets in Brooklyn by five points on Wednesday.
3-17-14: Al Jefferson and the Bobcats had a strong week, as the franchise looks to make it to the playoffs for the first time in four years. On Friday, the Bobcats hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jefferson put up a game-high 28 points in the 101-92 victory. However, the back-to-back set hurt Charlotte. The team traveled to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Saturday. The Grizzlies won, 111-89, but the Bobcats bounced back in a big way. They went on to defeat the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards to push their record closer to .500. Jefferson was the game-high scorer in both of those contests.
3-10-14: The Bobcats had one of the most difficult weeks for any team this season. They faced the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in a six-day stretch. They barely survived with a 1-3 record. After losing the first three contests of the week, Charlotte showed resilience by blowing out the Pacers on Wednesday. Al Jefferson was the man of the match as he put up game-highs in points and rebounds. The Bobcats also made an interesting move this past week. They waived Ben Gordon, ensuring that he would not be eligible for any NBA team’s 2014 playoff roster.
3-3-14: A poor 4th quarter in which the Bobcats only managed to score 18 points crushed the hopes of gaining an impressive road win in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The Bobcats entered the fourth trailing by 4, but we're overwhelmed by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, whom had 28 and 26 respectively. Al Jefferson continued to provide the backbone for the Bobcats with 25 points and 7 rebounds.
3-2-14: Al Jefferson is cementing himself as one of the league’s best big men. On Friday, the Bobcats hosted the New Orleans Pelicans, and Jefferson led all scorers with 33 points. Kemba Walker also tacked on a game-high eight assists. Then, Charlotte made it back-to-back wins on Saturday. The Memphis Grizzlies headed to the Time Warner Cable Arena with a four-game winning streak and lost, 92-89. Walker played very well that night for the Bobcats as he scored a game-high 31 points. Charlotte used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to grab the victory and get a perfect 2-0 week.
2-28-14: The top 5 most expensive remaining Charlotte Bobcats tickets are: March 22nd vs the Portland Trail Blazers (Kelly Tripucka Bobblehead night), March 7th vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, March 24th vs the Houston Rockets, April 16th vs the Chicago Bulls, and March 26th vs the Brooklyn Nets. March 17th vs the Atlanta Hawks is the cheapest remaining game.
2-27-14: The Bobcats and shooting guard Ben Gordon are continuing buyout discussions. Gordon is being paid $13.2 million this year despite logging just 259 minutes of action. The Bobcats tried to unload him during the trade deadline to no success. Thus far, the team has enjoyed their most successful season in their history.
2-26-14: The Bobcats' new additions of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal are expected to take the floor soon to help Charlotte in their quest to reach the 6th seed or better. Neal has Final experience from his days in San Antonio while Ridnour is a pass-first point guard who can run things smoothly anytime Kemba needs a rest.
2-25-14: With a 4 game winning streak on board, the Bobcats have moved to the 7th seed in the East. While the Pistons and Knicks continue to struggle, the Bobcats can realistically land anywhere from the 4th seed to 9th. Overall, chance are looking good for the team's first playoff berth since 2009.
2-24-14: The Bobcats got some rest over the All-Star break and came back to finally stop alternating wins and losses. Charlotte swept its home-and-home set with the Detroit Pistons, winning by a combined 30 points. On Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Al Jefferson put up 32 points and 12 rebounds in addition to matching his career-high with seven assists. Then, the following night, Jefferson continued to his hot stretch to bring the Bobcats closer to .500. He scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. This 2013-14 Charlotte team looks like it will have the opportunity to win its first playoff game in franchise history.
2-18-14: This past week, the Bobcats continued their seesaw February. They have gone loss, win, loss, win and loss to begin the shortest month of the year. They have fought through a difficult schedule recently and will hope to hold onto a playoff spot through the rest of the season. After Charlotte dropped Saturday’s game to the San Antonio Spurs, big men Al Jefferson, Anthony Tolliver and Josh McRoberts all stepped up on Tuesday. Jefferson continued his hot scoring stretch with a game-high 30 points, Tolliver added a season-high 22 points and McRoberts dished off a career-high 13 assists in Charlotte’s blowout win over the Dallas Mavericks. However, the second night of the back-to-back hurt the Bobcats as they fell by 16 points to the Brooklyn Nets.
2-10-14: The Bobcats are just barely holding onto that last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They impressed the NBA world this past week as they finished their four-game road trip against Western Conference. The final three games were against the Pacific Division, and Charlotte finished with a strong 2-1 record. On Friday, Al Jefferson matched his career-high with 40 points as the Bobcats beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 10 points. The Bobcats could not continue the winning streak on Saturday in Phoenix, but Kemba Walker returned to the lineup on Tuesday in Golden State. Although he left the game in the fourth quarter with cramps, he filled his stat line in the Bobcats’ surprising victory over the Warriors.
2-4-14: The Bobcats traveled to New York to face the Knickerbockers, but they did not know that they were going to see a show that night. They witnessed Carmelo Anthony score the most points in modern Madison Square Garden history in the Knicks’ blowout victory. Charlotte then returned home to face the Bulls and lost by two points to Chicago. Al Jefferson had a fantastic game though, as he led all players with 32 points and 13 rebounds that Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Al Jefferson then kept up his strong play with a game-high 35 points on Wednesday as the Bobcats began their four-game road trip with a 101-98 win in Denver.
1-27-14: The Bobcats had a very successful week; especially with starting point guard Kemba Walker out for two of the contests. In the game before Walker hurt himself, Al Jefferson became the first Bobcat in franchise history to score 30 points and grab 15 rebounds in a non-overtime game. Walker also posted the third double-double of his 2013-14 season, and Charlotte stayed perfect in those games. Then, the Bobcats hosted the Heat the next night and led at halftime, but after Walker sprained his ankle in the third quarter, the Bobcats could not get the victory. However, Charlotte bounced back with home wins over the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.
1-20-14: The Bobcats have struggled thus far in January. After having just eight losses in November and nine in December, they fell in five of their first six contests in 2014. However, Charlotte could turn it around now that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is back. In his return on Tuesday, the Bobcats defeated the Knicks by double digits and stopped New York’s season-long five-game winning streak in the process. In that game, Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points, and Kemba Walker chipped in 25 of his own. While the Bobcats lost to the Philadelphia 76ers the next night, Walker scored a game-high 26 points.
1-7-14: You cannot do worse than an 0-5 record over a seven-day stretch in the NBA. To finish 2013, the Bobcats lost by four on Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, lost by two in overtime to the Hawks in Atlanta the next night and then lost by three to the Utah Jazz on Monday. Late-game execution was not Charlotte’s strong suit during that unfortunate stretch. However, there was no much need for a fourth quarter in the next two games. The Bobcats lost to the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers by a combined 57 points.
12-30-13: The Bobcats recently received some unfortunate news on the injury front. Second-year small forward Jeff Taylor was diagnosed with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, which will force him to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season. Since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist remains sidelined with an injury of his own, the news of Taylor’s injury is especially difficult to swallow for Charlotte fans. However, the Bobcats still went 2-1 over the last week. Kemba Walker’s season-high 34 points helped extend the Bobcats’ winning streak to a season-long three games. Although the Utah Jazz halted Charlotte’s streak on Saturday with a 88-85 win, Kemba Walker registered 25 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in Monday’s overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
12-22-13: Even without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats find themselves fighting for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Although Charlotte dropped its first two games of the week to fall to 10-14, Kemba Walker helped the team bounce back with two important victories. After scoring a team-high 24 points in a 95-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, he hit an overtime buzzer-beater to defeat the Raptors in Toronto the next night. Additionally, in each of those wins, Walker made four 3-pointers, marking just the second time in his NBA career that he accomplished that feat in back-to-back contests.
12-13-13: This could be the year that the Bobcats finally win a postseason game. The only time in franchise history that Charlotte made it to the playoffs was 2010, but the Orlando Magic swept the Bobcats in that first-round series. Unfortunately, Orlando had the Bobcats’ number again. On Wednesday, the Magic defeated Charlotte, 92-83, to stop the Bobcats’ two-game winning streak. It was the team’s first two-game winning streak in almost a month. After the Bobcats beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, they impressively took down the Golden State Warriors three days later. Kemba Walker tied his season-high with 31 points in the victory over Golden State.
12-6-13: The Bobcats have had difficulties keeping their starting lineup together this season. Al Jefferson has already missed nine games due to an ankle injury, and then Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand on Tuesday in Dallas. Although Kidd-Gilchrist is still working on his jumper, he has been a strong contributor to this Charlotte team. It will not be easy for the ‘Cats during the four to six weeks that he is out. The Bobcats have had to face some tough opponents recently, so it is going to be a challenge to get back to .500. After a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, they lost in Miami and Dallas.
11-28-13: The Bobcats are sitting at 7-9 on the season and the start of the year looks eerily similar to the beginning of 2012-2013. Charlotte has lost their last three of four, but did manage to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in that time frame. Kemba Walker has been playing well early in the season, but in Wednesday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers he shot just 3-17 on the night and had a team worst +/- of -25. Free agent signee Al Jefferson has played in just seven of the 16 Bobcats games so far and his averages across the board are his lowest since 2005-2006. In more exciting news, Charlotte announced that once they return their nickname to the Hornets next season, they will also return to the purple and teal color scheme of yore.
11-22-13: Despite Al Jefferson being in and out of the lineup so far this year, Charlotte is starting the season very similar to last season – winning. With a 6-6 record through 12 games, the challenge for Charlotte will obviously be to maintain the consistent play they’ve displayed so far. Kemba Walker exploded for 31 points in the Bobcats win over the Nets on Wednesday night after struggling mightily against the Bulls and Heat, shooting a combined 10-32, in Charlotte’s two previous games. Five of the Bobcats next six games come against Phoenix, Milwaukee and Boston, so the opportunities for W’s will be there.