Shootaround: vs. Timberwolves
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from Friday morning’s shootaround in the New Orleans Arena:
• For once, New Orleans (10-25) has a significant upper hand on its opposition in terms of health. Minnesota’s injury report is staggering, while the Hornets list “none” under their medical update. Timberwolves with injury concerns include Jose Barea (doubtful, back spasms), Chase Budinger (out, knee), Malcolm Lee (out, knee), Kevin Love (out, hand), Brandon Roy (out, knee) and Ricky Rubio (probable, back).
• Monty Williams on his own team’s health: “Everybody seems to be OK. (There is) normal stuff, bumps and bruises. Guys dealing with soreness, so we tried to change our practice schedule up, so we don’t pound as much, especially with all of these games coming up back to back to back.”
• Williams said a decision has not yet been made on whether Eric Gordon will be available for both ends of a back-to-back set. The Hornets’ next instance is Tuesday and Wednesday in Philadelphia and Boston. “I’m not sure,” Williams said of Gordon’s status. “That’s a good question. We haven’t talked about it much, because we haven’t had to. But I’m sure we’ll talk about it this weekend. Depending on what the doctors say about the minutes he’s logged – I’ve tried to keep his minutes down. I’d love to play him 40 minutes a game, but that wouldn’t help him.”
• Williams on Greivis Vasquez: “He’s been really good for us this year, and we want him to keep it up. The thing I love about Greivis is he’s not afraid. He brings it every night. You can always ride with a guy like that, because you know his attitude and his effort are going to be there. He’s worked on his game. He’s just getting better.”
• Vasquez on facing Minnesota: “It’s not going to be a walk-in-the-park type of win. They’re tough. They play very well. They’ve got a great coach. It’s going to be a fun game.”