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Hornets vs. Timberwolves Game Trend: The Third Quarter

The significance of the third quarter and Cody Zeller’s expert screen-setting in a game where the league’s best third quarter team beat up the worst one.

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Looking Back at Batum – Zeller Pick-and-Rolls

Cody Zeller ranks 5th in the league for the 2015-16 regular season in points per possession (1.22) as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. The big man can thank Nicolas Batum for that, without whom on the court Zeller’s field goal percentage drops by 8.2%.

May 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

How the Heat Broke Down Charlotte’s Defense in Game 1

The Charlotte Hornets started their first round series against the Miami Heat continuing to use a reasonable amount of aggressive coverage of the pick-n-roll. Only the Heat were ready for that and blew the Hornets defense out of the water.

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 NBA Playoffs Preview: Cody Zeller

At the average speed of 4.43 miles per hour Cody Zeller has been the fastest center in the league this season. Running like hell at the height of 7 feet is Zeller’s main strength and he has to stick to it come postseason time.

April 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hawes Over Kaminsky and Al’s Decline on Offense

He has been bad on offense. And I mean – real bad. What’s frustrating about it is that it is supposedly the side of the court on which Hawes can excel and that he’s playing over our draft pick Frank Kaminsky when he’s out there throwing up his bricks (4 for 23 for…

November 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Batum’s Defensive Errors Lead First Hornets Notes of the Season

Here we go! The first edition of random notes and observations from the Charlotte Hornets season. This column covers the first two games at Miami and Atlanta.

October 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Handle Podcast – Justin Thomas: 10/27/15

ESPN 730’s Justin Thomas joined me to talk Charlotte Hornets, P.J. Hairston’s starting role and his fit among the starters, Frank Kaminsky being the fifth big man, the rotation and the team on the whole the day before the 2015-16 NBA season starts for Charlotte.

October 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

Threes in Charlotte: How the Hornets Have Revamped Their Offense

Write-up on the sets which the Charlotte Hornets have used during the preseason to open up the court and put three-point shooters in the right spots.

October 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Preseason: Hornets – Heat Thoughts and Observations

Observations of the preseason game at Miami and just some thoughts about the team overall.

October 5, 2015 · 5 Comments

Season in Review: Cody Zeller

If I had reviewed everyone’s performance mid-season, Zeller would be a subtle contender for a grade of “B+” before injuries and a shooting slump somewhat side-tracked his season. Even though … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 4 Comments