Friday, March 29, 2013
Vasquez hurting, Davis learning
By Tom Carpenter
Greivis Vasquez tried to play Wednesday despite being hobbled by a sprained ankle sustained on Sunday, but after failing to get over the hump physically, he will skip Friday's game with the hope that he will be able to get back in action on Sunday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith.
"It's day-to-day," Vasquez said. "I feel a lot better today, maybe I can come back Sunday. I don't want to aggravate it more and make it worse. I thought I wasn't being myself (Wednesday night) and I was just hurting the team being out there. I've got some swelling; it was really sore and I couldn't move it or move during the game. I think it's good for me to rest it a little bit and get it better. It was really bad even before I got it sprained."
Brian Roberts will start in place of Vasquez against the Miami Heat, so obviously that will be an extremely difficult matchup for him. However, the Heat have proved to be vulnerable in the paint, which means that rookie Anthony Davis may be the key to the Hornets pulling off an upset tonight. Looking forward, Scouts Inc.'s David Thorpe thinks Davis can improve his game by working on his pick-and-roll technique:
David ThorpeRookie of the year? Davis vs. Lillard
"For the remainder of this season, it would be wise for him to address one glaring area that is vital for his future success: He has to start putting his body on people inside. Davis is thin and light, but that doesn't mean he can't use his body more, as a screener and as a sealer. He stands too upright too often when he sets screens, making it easier for the defender guarding the ball to stay on his man and allowing his own defender to stick to him instead of helping longer on the dribbler. There is a law in basketball that teaches "the screener is always open," but that law exists only for screeners who do their job right. It is one of the great parts of the game -- the man who creates an opening for a teammate is actually also helping himself get open. But Davis can rarely take advantage of this. And, until he does what someone like Kevin Garnett does -- getting wide and lowering his hips (and not being afraid to set illegal screens) -- he won't be able to get as many open shots as he could."