The Chicago bulls will have a sigh of relief as the big gun Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Hornets is not going to show up on Saturday’s game. Davis suffered a lenient concussion in Friday’s match against Utah Jazz which ended with New Orleans Hornets as the winners. Monty Williams, head coach of Hornets is unhappy as Davis is not travelling for Saturdays match even though he is currently recovering from concussion.
Ahead of the game, Williams expressed, football has played an important role in affecting everybody’s brain. He also said Davis is improving gradually and it’s common in basketball. He feels that the players are treated as like pink drawers and white gloves which are getting older day by day. This is how the league is at present.
He was expecting to play in his home town on Saturday despite of the accidental injury caused by his teammate Austin River’s elbow during the Friday’s game. Last season, before he joined the Kentucky University he had attended the Perspectives Charter High School and had won a national title. Williams was found saying, basketball is a man’s game. These players are treated as if they are just five years old. Davis was desperate to come, unfortunately he could not.
Williams accepted that he had also experienced many concussions during his carrier. He also claimed that he was not forced to be restricted from playing as currently the players are facing today. Today the players are not allowed to even travel if they are suffering from concussions.
Williams confirmed that he is not against the policy. He also favours as we have to protect our players. On a second thought he also feels that the final decision to play or not should be taken by the players as they are best judge of their fitness level. With his past experience of concussions which would have hit him around 4 to 5 times, but he still played. He was just not bothered.
Williams also accepted that the steps taken by the NBA are essential in order to protect the players, but this is not NFL. Basketball is not same as the football. Here the possibility of head injuries is quite low as compared to football. Even the coach Williams understands this fact. On an interesting note the coach says himself as a baby about it. He just requires his players gear up to play and that is the bottom line. Check latest basketball picks before you bet.
Atlanta Hawks is now getting more importance as a team as they have won the match against Oklahoma City Thunder with a good margin of 104-95. It was no doubt a thrilling match as there was a neck to neck fight in all the quarters. However, on the fourth quarter Atlanta Hawks performed impressively well and thus won the encounter.
In the middle of the fourth quarter Lou Williams did a jumper of 24 foot and he scored a 3 pointer. As a result of it, Atlanta Hawks went ahead and finally when he made two free throws at 4:44 time remaining in the match Atlanta was 91-84 ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder.
Lou Williams scored 19 points in total 10 of which were scored in the last quarter. Williams finally scored 14 points in total in the fourth quarter. Al Horford also played extremely well as he scored 23 points. With all these good performances, Atlanta Hawks has won the match confidently.
It was really a special performance from them as there were a lot of new faces in the team. DeShawn Stevenson said, “We have some new faces in the team. However, they have believed in themselves. We have all the capabilities to reach the final of Western Conference.”
They have played without the forward Josh Smith but they handled the situation quite well.
Kevin Martin scored 28 points but still could not win the encounter. Kevin Durant also scored 22 points but that was not enough to avoid the defeat for his team.
Thunder made 21 turnovers and Atlanta scored 31 points from it. In the first quarter the Atlanta Hawks got the lead at the end by hitting 11 points consecutively. However, there was a twist in the game as again Oklahoma City Thunder went ahead in the second quarter by a margin of 57-49. However, the last half actually changed all the calculations.
At the fourth quarter when only 1:28 was remaining to play, they got a lead of 100-91 and Oklahoma City Thunder could not cover it by any means.
Durant was bit disappointed with the result. He said, “We have not played consistently well in this match. We could not set up our authority in the game rather we provide them the opportunity to play in the way they wanted to control the match. Finally, they got the required confidence in the fourth quarter.”