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While some of the recent focus has been on coach Monty Williams' comments involving Anthony Davis' concussion, the New Orleans Hornets are off to a solid start even with the No. 1 overall draft pick having to sit out the latest game.
After recording back-to-back wins over playoff teams from last season, the Hornets will seek to make it three in a row during a visit from the possibly short-handed Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for criticizing the league's concussion policy. Before Saturday's game in Chicago, Williams said, "Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers and it's getting old. It's just the way the league is now."
Davis suffered a mild concussion when he was inadvertently elbowed by rookie teammate Austin Rivers in Friday's 88-86 win against Utah.
With Davis out, the Hornets (2-1) knocked off the Bulls 89-82 and allowed them to shoot just 33.0 percent. After hitting a late go-ahead shot versus Utah, Greivis Vasquez scored a team-best 18 points against Chicago, and Ryan Anderson had 12 points and 13 rebounds while starting in Davis' place.
"That's the big thing about a team game," center Robin Lopez said. "Everybody came together and everybody stepped it up."
With Davis' status unknown for this game, the Hornets will try to work together again versus a Philadelphia team that is having trouble scoring.
The 76ers (1-2) are averaging 85.3 points on 37.2 percent shooting, and they made 33.7 percent of their shots Monday while suffering their second loss in as many days to New York, 110-88.
"Points aren't easy to come by and you have to be on the same page," center Spencer Hawes said.
Jrue Holiday, who scored a team-best 17 points, is the only player averaging more than 15.0 with 19.3. The absence of Andrew Bynum, out indefinitely with nagging knee problems, hasn't helped.
Jason Richardson's status is unknown because of a sprained left ankle that kept him out Monday, while Kwame Brown left that game with a strained left calf.
"We haven't played together, so we're trying to learn how to trust each other," coach Doug Collins said. "We're trying to grow and win at the same time while battling some injuries. We've had a little adversity here."
The 76ers will try to overcome those potential absences to earn their fifth victory in six matchups with the Hornets. Philadelphia won 101-93 in last season's lone meeting Jan. 4 in New Orleans as Holiday scored 23 points and Evan Turner added 21 off the bench.
The 76ers have won two of their past three road games against the Hornets after losing five of the previous six. This contest marks the third consecutive time Philadelphia has traveled to New Orleans during the series.
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New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for public comments criticizing the league's concussion policy.
Williams made the comments Saturday night in Chicago before the Hornets faced the Bulls with first overall draft pick Anthony Davis sidelined by a mild concussion.
Williams blasted the NBA's protocols for determining when a player...
New Orleans Hornets rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers both have been ruled out for Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Davis has been sidelined by a minor concussion since the middle of New Orleans' second game of the season last Friday night. Rivers has a sprained left index finger and will be out for the first time.
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Not surprisingly, the NBA has fined New Orleans Head Coach Monty Williams after negative comments he made about the league's concussion policy. Williams was frustrated that his number one overall draft pick, Anthony Davis, could not travel with the team for a road game after a mild concussion. Williams essentially said the league had gone too far with the policy and reminded...
Monty Williams has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments he made in regards to the league's concussion policy.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers held New Orleans to its lowest point total ever in a 77-62 victory over the Hornets on Wednesday night.
Evan Turner also scored 14, and Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 12 points for the Sixers, who dominated the second half defensively. The Hornets committed 14 of their 24 turnovers...
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