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  1. Game of the night: The Thunder are getting their groove back

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:20 AM EDT

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    Teams don’t really win games when they shoot 37.8 percent for the night. However, Oklahoma City did  Thursday, and did it with defense. Or at least a spurt of good defense, when the went on a late 13-0 run and pulled out the 95-89 win against the Hornets Monday. That the Thunder won this and…

  2. Chris Paul loves David West, wants it to work in Big Easy

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v New Orleans Hornets

    And the Chris Paul happiness train rolls on…. CP3 expounded to Ian Thompson of Sports Illustrated on a few issues, all ones that are good reasons to stay in New Orleans long term. That starts with David West. “I trust him more than anybody in this league,” Paul told me last week in New Orleans.…

  3. Marcus Banks won’t really be a Hornet after all

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Marcus Banks

    By the numbers, Marcus Banks was a part of the trade that sent Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to Toronto and brought Jarrett Jack and David Andersen to New Orleans. His salary was necessary for financial purposes, after all, but according to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Banks and the Hornets have mutually…

  4. Jarrett Jack says look at Miami before you think Chris Paul is New York bound

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    While the entire league is enjoying a bit of schadenfreude at the Miami Heat’s expense Tuesday morning, Jarrett Jack — the newest member of the Hornets — was warning that the slow start in South Beach could be viewed as a cautionary tale by players. After the Miami Heat formed Voltron this summer, there was…

  5. Hornets are winning and Chris Paul says he’s happy

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Everything looks better when you are 11-1. Your teammates are funnier, the baskets look bigger, your legs are fresher, the Gatorade doesn’t taste like flavored sweat, and your front office and coach can do no wrong. So no shock that Chris Paul says he’s happy now, like he told FanHouse. Sure, his people were pushing…

  6. Game of the Night: Clippers keep Paul in check, stun Hornets

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:35 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Well, that was unexpected. Monday’s game was supposed to be more of a welcome-to-the-Hornets party for new acquisition Jarrett Jack, but an actual basketball game ended up taking place between the 11-1 Hornets and the 1-13 Clippers. That’s surprising enough; the stunning thing is that the Clippers actually ended up winning the game. The Hornets…

  7. Hornets-Raptors trade official, as weird as we thought

    Nov 20, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Orlando Magic

    Well it’s done, as every major outlet has confirmed the deal is done. The Toronto Raptors will send Jarrett Jack, Marcus Banks, and David Andersen to the Hornets for Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless from the Hornets. For some reason which is just escaping me at the moment, everyone’s saying the Hornets “won” this trade.…

  8. Report: Hornets and Raptors close to Peja trade

    Nov 20, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    A report popped up this morning on a Euro site via HoopsHype describing a trade between the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors. Now ESPN is reporting the same: The New Orleans Hornets are very close to trading Peja Stojakovic and Jerryd Bayless to the Toronto Raptors for Jarrett Jack, David Andersen, and Marcus Banks.…

  9. Hornets’ sale down to final details. Still.

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps spoke to the media and among the topics was the sale of the team from George Shinn to Gary Chouest — the one thing more than any that could decide the future of the franchise and if Chris Paul stays. That sale has been close but stalled since the…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where streaks came to an end

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while wishing you were spending a beautiful day in Big Sur… Mavericks 98, Hornets 95: It was bound to happen. It was doubly bound to happen after this humble blog — and basically everyone else — put the undefeated Hornets atop their power rankings this week. Player of the game? I’d vote…

  11. NBA Power Rankings, where we have a new number one

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, or, how Laker fans shouldn’t panic unless they get up by 18 against the Jazz. 1. Hornets (8-0). They are not going to win 82, or 72, or even 62. But what this kind of start does is make it very likely they are playoff bound. And after watching them…

  12. Will the Hornets ever lose again?

    Nov 14, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Before you start to freak out, I’m kidding with that headline. Let’s not bust out the 72-10 tracker yet. Though, I guess, if we started one for the 6-4 Miami Heat we have every right to kickstart one for the Hornets, who improved to 8-0 Saturday night with a 107-87 victory over the Blazers, or…

  13. Report: Hornets looking at trades, even called about Iguodala

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    While we’re all marveling at the transformation we see in New Orleans, let’s not pretend that they are testing the Lakers — or likely even the Spurs or Mavericks — come the playoffs. The Hornets are much better, but not elite or really on that next tier yet. The Hornets front office gets that, too.…

  14. New Orleans finds path to winning runs through San Antonio

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Hornets_huddle

    The New Orleans Hornets are standing at the top of the hill, 7-0. They beat the Clippers last night, but the lineup before that — Milwaukee, San Antonio, Denver and even Miami — is a bunch of teams that would bring most teams to their knees. Standing there, the Hornets have a good view. They…

  15. Chris Kaman sprains ankle, leaves game, out 2 to 3 weeks

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:52 PM EDT

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    Clippers center rolled his left ankle in the first quarter of the Clippers loss to the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday and had to leave the game. He made a hard plant and it just gave way and rolled He did not return. Kaman underwent X-rays, which showed no structural damage, but the Clippers are saying…

  16. NBA Power Rankings, where the Hornets are all the buzz

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we are starting to believe in the Hornets but not the Hawks. Oh, and just bench Baron Davis. 1. Lakers (7-0). Best offense in the NBA so far, defense is solid (10th in league in defensive points given up per possession) and all that without Andrew Bynum. The schedule…

  17. Peja Stojakovic has had courtside seats for the Hornets hot start

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Peja Stojakovic has played 21 minutes total this season, garbage time at the end of two of the Hornets six wins. Mostly, he has just been the guy with really good courtside seats to a good team. This is the same guy brought in five years ago to help space the floor for Chris Paul…

  18. Game of the Night: Where CP3 was better than the Big Three

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:18 AM EDT

    CPaul_Heat

    Most Saturdays you’re not going to get a Game of the Night, because that could make us work on a Friday night rather than enjoy another Guinness. But there were so many notes on my plate from the Hornets beating the Heat that it cried out for the space. On that note, I put down…

  19. The good, and the so bad it’s ugly surprises of the NBA season

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    We’re a week into the NBA season and some things are what we expected — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics are good; the Sixers are not; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won’t talk about his injuries; and the Grizzles are making bad contract decisions. But there are surprises, and not to go all Forest Gump…

  20. Hornets David West isn’t like everyone else, he’d rather wait to talk contract extension

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Players around the league are jumping at the chance to get a contract extension in under this Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are some, like the Spurs Richard Jefferson, that took less money this season to guarantee a longer-term deal now. The only prominent exception is Carmelo Anthony, and that is a sticky mess. And now…

  21. Jerryd Bayless’ career undergoes a corrective measure

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portland vs. Dallas

    In 2008 the Portland Trailblazers drafted Jerryd Bayless with the eleventh pick in the draft. It was, at the time, considered to be a moderate reach, but some described it as a “best player available” type move. What was curious was that the Blazers already had All-Star Brandon Roy at shooting guard. They had drafted…

  22. Jerryd Bayless traded to New Orleans for first round pick

    Oct 23, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    Jerryd Bayless, Matt Barnes

    Jerryd Bayless was drafted by a team that didn’t need him. He’s a combo-guard, of the most combo of combo-guards. His best skill is attacking the basket and getting buckets. He doesn’t manage an offense, he’s not a great distributor, he’s not an offense-manager. But repeatedly, Nate McMillan told him he was going to have…

  23. David Stern talks contraction: We’re not that serious, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

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    One David Stern quote from his conference call with the media Friday showed just how of two minds the league is on the idea of contraction (folding one or more struggling franchises). “The issue of contraction is one that has to be asked as part of negotiation with players…” Stern said. “But if there are…

  24. Hornets waive Mustafa Shakur

    Oct 18, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

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    The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have waived 26-year old guard Mustafa Shakur, who had signed a partially guaranteed contract with the team earlier this off-season. The Hornets’ recent acquisition of guard Curtis Jerrells made this move all but inevitable. The former Arizona standout has come achingly close to making an NBA rotation…

  25. Monty Williams trying to cut back Chris Paul’s minutes a little

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving…

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