Shootaround: vs. Celtics
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Wednesday morning’s shootaround in the New Orleans Arena, as the Hornets prepare to host the Boston Celtics (36-30):
• One of the most interesting aspects of Hornets-Celtics is the potential to see a matchup between Anthony Davis and Kevin Garnett, but the status of each player was initially uncertain. New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said Davis is dealing with “a stomach issue.” Davis attended shootaround but only watched the team’s preparation. Garnett was listed as day-to-day by the Celtics, with a left abductor strain. However, Hornets radio host Daniel Sallerson reported that Doc Rivers told the media during shootaround that Garnett is ready to play.
• Williams, sounding encouraged by the play of Terrel Harris in Monday’s game vs. Golden State: “He plays hard. He forced (Stephen) Curry into an offensive foul; he was attacking the basket. He got a layup on a play that we’ve been trying to teach our guys that the layup is there all year long, but he’s the first guy to get a layup on the play. He just plays hard.”
• Even though he won’t play Wednesday, Austin Rivers was the subject of considerable attention from media, including a contingent of Boston reporters, for obvious reasons. Rivers, on the disappointment of likely missing the rest of 2012-13: “I want to play. I’m young. Things were going really, really well and then you break your hand and it sucks. It is what it is. I’m very confident right now and I will be going into next year. … I would much rather be playing. I’m so hyper by midday because I have so much energy, I don’t know what to do with myself.”
• Williams said he does not look ahead much at the team’s upcoming schedule, even though it includes several NBA heavyweights such as Miami, Memphis, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers. The third-year coach doesn’t wants his players looking ahead, either, preferring they focus on the first quarter of the next game.