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NBA Preseason: Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls Recap

The Charlotte Hornets are one of the young NBA teams primed with youth and brimming with talent. For the 6th time in as many preseason exhibition games, they lived up to all the hype. Four Hornets scored in double figures last night, lead by guard Kemba Walker, to defeat the Chicago Bulls in a closely played game.

Both teams came out firing hot, and ended the 1st quarter knotted up at 33 points each. Each squad began to increase their level of defensive intensity and the result was both scoring about half that many points in the second 20-minute period. After a half of basketball, Chicago held a 1-point lead.

Charlotte began to use the team concept to it’s full potential in the 3rd quarter, exemplified by 5 players having more than 5 rebounds on the night. This team effort helped flip the scoreboard at the end of the 3rd quarter handing a 1-point lead over to the Hornets.

Charlotte, using mostly their second unit, would stretch their lead by another 7 points during the fourth period for the final 8-point margin of victory. Chicago fell for the 4th time in the preseason, while Charlotte’s slate stayed perfectly clean with their sixth win in as many tries.

NBA Preseason: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets Recap

The Miami Heat opened their 2015 NBA preseason last night, hosting the Charlotte Hornets. For the second time in as many games, the Hornets looked impressive. Sporting a young lineup with high hopes to improve on last year’s disappointing injury riddled year.

Charlotte took control early and built a 6-point lead heading into the final period that the Heat could not overcome. Miami’s pair of stars remaining from the days of the “Big-3” played well, shooting right at 50% from the field with 26 of Miami’s 77 points. But, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade are going to have to perform at a higher level as the regular season approaches to compensate for lackluster offense from the rest of the Heat squad.

The Hornets played without three of their projected superstars, as Nicolas Batum, Al Jefferson, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all sat out this preseason contest. The impressive play of reserve point guard Brian Roberts was most encouraging to the Hornet coaching staff, as Roberts lead all scorers with 21 points on the evening.

NBA Preseason: Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets Recap

The Hornets beat the Magic in Orlando in the teams' preseason opener, but lost starting forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a shoulder injury. Gilchrist, who averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in the 2014-2015 season, dislocated his shoulder after falling to the ground on a foul in the second quarter. Jeremy Lin led the Hornets with 17 points off the bench, and Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points. Andrew Nicholson had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Orlando's effort. Orlando got within 103-100 in the final minute after a pair of lay-ups by Melvin Ejim, but the comeback attempt fell short as the Magic missed their last three shots.
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Charlotte Hornets 2014-2015 Schedule, Score, Roster, Rumors, Seating Charts

Charlotte Hornets Schedule in 2014 - 2015

The Charlotte Hornets start the preseason off against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 08. Their first back to back starts on October the 19th against a noticeable opponent against the Chicago Bulls, and ends against the Atlanta Hawks on October 20th. The Charlotte Hornets then end the preseason against the Pacers on October 23rd. The Charlotte Hornets begin the regular season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 29th. The Charlotte Hornets then begin a back to back on November 1st against the Memphis Grizzlies and end the back to back in their first nationally televised game on NBA TV against the New York Knicks. The Charlotte Hornets get their shot against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on January 14th. The Charlotte Hornets have their first game on ESPN against the Raptors on April 8th and then have their last ESPN game on April 15th against the Raptors.

Charlotte Hornets Roster

The Charlotte Hornets made a big addition to their roster by adding Lance Stephenson from the Indiana Pacers. Lance scored 13.8 points per game and grabbed 7.2 rebounds per game along with 4.6 assists. Many feel Lance was robbed of an all star selection last year but the Bobcats hope that he won't have to wait much longer to be selected. The Charlotte Hornets also added Noah Vonleh from Indiana University and P.J. Hairston from the University of North Carolina to their roster through the draft. Notables of their usual suspects are Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. At guard backing up Kemba Walker and Lance Stephenson the Hornets are guards Gary Neal, Jannero Pargo, Brian Roberts, Gerald Henderson and Justin Cobbs. At starting forwards the Hornets have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller and at Center they have the aforementioned Al Jefferson. The backup forwards and centers are Marvin Williams, Jeff Taylor, Noah Vonleh, and Bismark Biyombo.

Charlotte Hornets Fan Experience

The biggest feature of the Time Warner Cable arena is the big board used to display visuals in the arena. The big board in the Time Warner Cable arena is the biggest among all of the boards used in the NBA. It features a scoreboard that is 38 feet high by 36 feet wide and four LED video screens that are 16 feet high by 28 feet long weighing 80,000 pounds. The arena was themed after the city feel of Charlotte using the theme of streets throughout and the skyline of Charlotte being featured above the scoreboard that uses a 360 degree projection system.

Charlotte Hornets Trivia

A fun fact about the Charlotte Hornets from when they were the Charlotte Bobcats is that they never officially owned the website CharlotteBobcats.com. They are one of the three teams who do not own the website of the combination of their city and team nickname. The Bobcats made various offers to obtain the website url from tickets to monetary offers.

Charlotte Hornets History

The Charlotte Hornets were established in 1988 as an expansion team in the NBA. The team changed their name to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004 and kept that name until the 2014-2015 season. The Charlotte Bobcats are majority owned by Michael Jordan who was an NBA player for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. The Charlotte Hornets are a part of the Southeast division in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. The Charlotte Hornets made the playoffs twice as the Bobcats in 2009 and 2013 being swept by the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. The super-stars of the Hornets over their history have been Larry Johnson, Glen Rice, Baron Davis, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bouges, and current stars Kemba Walker, and Al Jefferson. The Charlotte Hornets have never made it past the first round of the playoffs, as the Bobcats, so they have never won any championships in the teams history.

Charlotte Hornets Fan Info

The fans of the Charlotte Hornets are fans of multiple teams in the area. When the Charlotte Hornets were added as an expansion team they had to fight to win over fans of the college teams that were already established in the area. Not only was the University of North Carolina already established in the area, but there were also Johnson C. Smith, Davidson and the University of North Carolina Charlotte who had fans in the city of Charlotte before the Hornets were ever thought of. The Charlotte Hornets fans are seeming to welcome the Hornets mascot back with welcome arms.