Shootaround: vs. Thunder (11/16/12)

by Jim Eichenhofer

Shootaround: vs. Thunder

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Updates from Friday’s shootaround in the New Orleans Arena:

• Greivis Vasquez sprained his ankle on a baseline cameraman in Wednesday’s game at Houston, but does not appear to be showing any outward negative physical signs. “He seems fine,” Monty Williams said. “He had a good practice yesterday. Greivis is a tough kid, so I’ve got to watch him. He’s doing OK. He hasn’t said anything about his ankle.”

• Two days after facing James Harden and the Houston Rockets, the Hornets meet Harden’s old team, Oklahoma City. Williams on the Thunder’s reconfigured lineup: “Kevin Martin is dynamic and can shoot the ball, get to the free throw line. He and (Nick) Collison are trying to get some synergy in that second group. I think they’re going to be really good. It just takes time. When you add a guy like that, everyone thinks it’s supposed to work after five or six games. That’s just not realistically. I think over time, they’re going to be a really good team. They are right now. They’re still the defending Western Conference champs.”

• Williams on getting outscored 39-18 in the second quarter Wednesday, a 12-minute period that ultimately ruined NOLA’s chances in a divisional game: “Bad. Just bad. It was a number of things. I thought we were on our heels against Harden. You can’t give a guy that many layups. You have to put a guy down and send him to the (foul) line and earn it. I didn’t think we had that mentality the other night.”

• Ryan Anderson on the test of facing Oklahoma City: “This is an elite team. This is a team that obviously is a defensive challenge for every (opponent). It’s a great test for us, to see where we’re at, because this is a (Thunder) team that is definitely a playoff team and is hungry to win a championship. We have to bring a lot of energy and focus tonight.”