Shootaround: vs. Pistons

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Friday morning’s shootaround, as the Hornets prepare to host the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. Central:

• Unfortunately, after several weeks of few developments on the New Orleans injury front, that topic was at the forefront of discussion. Anthony Davis (sprained left shoulder) is being listed as questionable. His status will be clarified later today, with Monty Williams telling local reporters that he will update them prior to Friday’s game. Williams speaks to the media at approximately 5:30 prior to 7 p.m. home games. Williams on Davis’ status: “We’ll find out later this evening. He has some soreness. He certainly doesn’t feel the way he normally does. We’ll find out later if he’s going to be able to play.”

• Jason Smith also has shoulder concerns, an injury that has bothered him since early in the season when he hurt it blocking a Kevin Durant dunk. Williams said Smith’s status will also be updated later today. “He’s dealt with stuff for a long time,” Williams said of the 7-foot reserve. “We’ll talk about it more later on. I’m sure it’s bothering him. In the (Brooklyn) game he was in the game for like two minutes. He went to block a shot and I saw him twinge a little bit. So when we got to Oklahoma City, I was watching him walk around in the locker room and I just pulled the plug. I couldn’t do it anymore, as far as making him play when he was that sore, with the hopes that he would feel better today.”

• Wednesday’s 119-74 defeat was the fourth time in the past five games that the Hornets have allowed 100-plus points, uncharacteristic of the past three teams coached by Williams. The third-year sideline leader said the problems begin on the perimeter, where the Hornets’ guards have not kept opponents from penetrating and creating help situations. “Our biggest deal right now is controlling the ball,” Williams noted. “We’ve been in so many situations where we’re helping on ball penetration. You give up threes, offensive rebounds because you have to help a lot more. It’s a big concern for us.”

• Hornets reserve guard Roger Mason on playing again after 45-point loss at Oklahoma City: “I think everybody probably didn’t sleep too well after a game like OKC. But it’s behind us. Tonight is another opportunity to get better as a team. We beat (Detroit) up at their place (by 19 on Feb. 11), so we know they’re going to be ready for us. We just have to play Hornets basketball, play hard, play tough and bounce back.”

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