Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hornets Extra - Preseason Edition: Magic vs. Hornets

Preseason Game #3: Orlando Magic(2-0) vs. Charlotte Hornets(1-1)

Time Warner Cable Arena

Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Radio: WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan)

The preseason schedule for the Charlotte Hornets will resume on Monday night, when they play their first home preseason game as the Hornets in 13 years, as they welcome in the Orlando Magic to "The Hive".  Charlotte got its first win of the preseason back on Friday night in Greenville, South Carolina, as they defeated Washington 99-86, while Orlando is 2-0 in the preseason, with wins coming against Indiana and Miami.

Scouting the Magic

Orlando is currently 2-0 in the preseason so far, with both wins coming against the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat. Last season was a down year for Orlando, but things could be looking up for Jacque Vaughn's squad as he enters his second year in Orlando as their head coach.  Their roster has some new faces, including Channing Frye, and former Charlotte players Luke Ridnour and Ben Gordon.  Could this be the year that Orlando makes a lot of noise in the Southeast Division?  The answer could take the entire year to solve, but we'll see most of the new faces of the new-look Magic tomorrow night, as they make the trek to Charlotte to take on the Hornets.

Scouting the Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets enter Monday's game with a 1-1 mark, after a resounding 99-86 win over the Washington Wizards back on Friday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina behind Gary Neal's 19 point performance as he was inserted in the lineup for Charlotte, and carried the load in that performance along with Jannero Pargo, P.J. Hairston, and Kemba Walker.

The last time the Hornets played a preseason game in Charlotte took place on October 16, 2001 at the Charlotte Coliseum, when they defeated the Boston Celtics by a 99-88 margin.  4,745 days later, the Hornets will officially make their preseason home debut in Charlotte as they welcome in the Orlando Magic to town, as fans will get their first look at the team's new uniforms and new floor,as well as their first glimpses at P.J. Hairston and Lance Stephenson in action tomorrow night at "The Hive".

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

Wednesday: Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte(11:00 a.m.)%
Friday: Charlotte @ Washington Wizards(7:00 p.m.)
Next Sunday: Charlotte @ Chicago Bulls(7:00 p.m.)
October 20th: Charlotte @ Atlanta Hawks(7:30 p.m.)
%-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 locally on flagship station WFNZ-AM(610 The Fan) and throughout the Carolinas on the Hornets Radio Network.

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