Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hornets Extra - Preseason Edition: Hornets at 76ers

Preseason Game #1: Charlotte Hornets(0-0) at Philadelphia 76ers(0-1)

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.

Radio: WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan)

The Charlotte Hornets will unofficially make their return to the NBA for the first time in 12 years tomorrow night in Philadelphia, as they take on a young 76ers team that is looking to make a lot of noise in the Eastern Conference, while the Hornets come into tomorrow's preseason opener hoping to pick up where they left off last season, when the then-Charlotte Bobcats won 43 games and earning their second-ever trip to the NBA Playoffs, before being swept in 4 straight games in the first round by the Miami Heat.

Scouting the Hornets

For the first time in 12 years, the Charlotte Hornets will take the floor in their preseason opener against the Philadelphia 76ers.  The franchise formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats officially reclaimed the Hornets name back on May 20th, and not only that, the team also reacquired all the statistical history, records, and information of NBA basketball in Charlotte, meaning that the Hornets will own and have access to all the records from not only the Bobcats era(2004-2014), but all the records from the original Hornets run in Charlotte(1988-2002).  Charlotte will be without Gerald Henderson, who underwent an MRI today and will be out for 1-2 weeks.  Expect for Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston to get some minutes in their preseason debut in a Hornets uniform, while Al Jefferson is determined to have another breakout year for Charlotte in their preseason debut tomorrow in Philadelphia.

Scouting the 76ers

Philadelphia already made their preseason debut, falling to Boston by a 98-78 margin on Monday, and they look to bounce back in their preseason opener against the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.  Last season, the Sixers finished with a dismal 19-63 record, which saw them lose 26 straight games.  But it's a new season for Philadelphia, with the addition of Joel Embid, and a talented young group of players, many hope that this is a turnaround year for the 76ers, and it will all start on Wednesday at home against Charlotte in their preseason home opener.

Upcoming Hornets preseason game schedule(Home games in Purple, Road games in Teal)

Friday: Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte - 7:00 p.m.^
Monday: Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte - 11:00 a.m.%
October 17th: Charlotte @ Washington Wizards - 7:00 p.m.

^-Denotes game played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina
%-Denotes Cool School Field Trip game for middle school students

NOTE: All Hornets preseason games(with the exception of the 10/15 game) can be heard on flagship station WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan) and throughout the Carolinas on the Hornets Radio Network.

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