Shootaround: vs. Bulls

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Tuesday morning’s shootaround in the New Orleans Arena:

• Eric Gordon (hand) will return to the New Orleans lineup after missing last Wednesday’s Portland game. “He seems to be OK,” Monty Williams said of the shooting guard. “He went full bore yesterday in practice. I didn’t see any affects from what happened to him last week, so he seems to be OK.”

• Williams on facing the Bulls: “You’re talking about one of the better teams in the NBA. They continue to play the same way no matter who is hurt, which is a testament to their players and their coaching. We’re playing against a team that’s really physical. They should get (Kirk) Hinrich back tonight, so they should have more balance in the backcourt. They have I don’t know how many All-Stars on their team. We beat them in the early part of the season, but that was a long time ago. We have to go out there with a big-time focus and energy tonight, do all the things we talk about that help us win games.”

• Williams on keys to Hornets’ positive stretches over the past month-plus: “When we win games, we play better defense. Our turnovers are down, and we don’t give up those big quarters. That’s something that has plagued us all year. For us, it’s always defense, playing with energy and (limiting) turnovers.”

• Anthony Davis was forced to sit out the Nov. 3 victory over the Bulls in his hometown of Chicago, but still somewhat downplayed facing the team he rooted for as a youngster: “It’s just another game. It’s definitely different when you’re playing in your hometown city. Everybody you know will be in Chicago (at the game). No one’s really going to be here. It’s a lot different (facing the Bulls in New Orleans), but you still have that urge to play, because it’s your hometown team.”