Shootaround: vs. Grizzlies
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Friday morning’s shootaround in the New Orleans Arena:
• Anthony Davis is back to 100 percent health after dealing with a stomach bug before and during Wednesday’s win vs. Boston. There are no new Hornets injuries to report. Austin Rivers (broken right hand) is likely out for the season, while Jason Smith (right torn labrum) is done for the season.
• On the Memphis side, the only line on its injury report is that reserve forward Darrell Arthur is listed as day-to-day with neck and back soreness.
• Monty Williams on one potential key against Memphis: “We always talk about taking advantage of our youth. We’ve got to push the ball so we have time to run our sets. They have really good defensive players in Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince. Conley’s really good as far as putting pressure on the ball against Greivis. You have to set screens, you can’t turn the ball over – that’s obvious, No. 1 – and you’ve got to get stops. You can’t take the ball out of the net all night long and expect to get efficient offense against a team like this. Jerryd Bayless is a guy you really have to pay attention to. Quincy Pondexter’s been really good, giving them a few points off the bench. Tayshaun has given them some balance they may not have had before he got there. It’s a tough team. They may be playing better than anybody in the league next to Miami.”
• Greivis Vasquez, on another matchup against a Memphis club he began his NBA career with in 2010-11: “It’s always special when you go against your former team. It was really good beating them at their place a couple weeks ago, but then they beat us here. Now we’ve got to even the series out. Tonight’s going to be a physical, very tough game, but very winnable. We’ve got to come out and play with a lot of energy. I think it’s going to be a fun game, because they’re definitely making the playoffs. We played really good against Boston, but we can continue this momentum and keep building wins.”