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Hornets’ Anthony Davis out for season with MCL sprain

Apr 11, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

Anthony Davis, Marcus Thornton AP

The good news is this is not serious, and when the injury happened it looked like it could have been.

New Orleans’ No. 1 pick Anthony Davis will be out for the season due to a sprained MCL plus a bone bruise in his left knee, suffered in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Kings, the team announced on Thursday. Davis had an MRI done and no serious structural damage was found.

Which is a relief because it looked a lot worse when it happened. Midway through the fourth quarter Davis tried to draw a charge as Marcus Thornton drove the lane. When they collided Thornton fell on Davis’ left knee.

Davis grabbed his knee in pain and was helped off the court. Reports out of the locker room later that night said he was limping.

Davis should be ready to go for Summer League, if the Hornets send him there. And he should be ready to go next season. Davis has averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season. But he has shown a high basketball IQ and smart game that has grown as the season has worn on — in the last 15 games he has averaged 15.8 points on 54.1 percent shooting with 9.2 rebounds a game.

And he should make bigger jumps next season.

  1. halfbaht - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Shame for Davis, but its not like he was going to win rookie of the year anyway or make the playoffs

  2. patfic15 - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Yep. This year sucked for we Pelican fans. Ship out Gordon..maybe get an OK pick in a horrible draft…really don’t even know what else. Guys play hard but just don’t have enough….

    • jroger12 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      I say keep Gordon one more year and see how he plays after a HEALTHY off season. Trade Vasquez! His stock will be pretty high after he wins Most Improved Player and you might be able to address some other issues that the team has. Personally, if Danny Granger is healthy by the summer, trade Vasquez for him and draft Trey Burke Or Marcus Smart(depending on the draft position) that way your starting 5 looks like this:

      PG: Burke or Smart
      SG: Gordon
      SF: Grainger
      PF: Davis
      C: Lopez

  3. mungman69 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Davis will become a star. Will he be good enough to carry this team?

    • tuberippin - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Considering they didn’t get far with Chris Paul and haven’t really gotten anywhere since Baron Davis’ heyday, I’m thinking it’s going to take a lot. We’ll see if the power of the ‘brow can succeed where others have failed.

  4. progress2011 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    These young players gotta get in the weight room ! Get a strength and conditioning coach.

    This guy will need to build his body with lean muscle, similar to KG in his prime, to take the punishment of a long season.

    He’s just too skinny, with no muscle tone. He doesn’t resemble an NBA player and he’s too fragile and has been hurt most of the season.

  5. saint1997 - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    That’s so great when he went down I was sure it was ACL. It looked bad

  6. eugenesaxe - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Dude seems to get hurt a lot.

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