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Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Ankle

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

Anthony Davis is off to a blazing start in his first year with the New Orleans Hornets, but he will not play Tuesday night versus the New York Knicks.

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 11:20 a.m. ET

Fantastic news for Hornets fans as Anthony Davis (ankle) is expected to play tonight, according to New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith.

# Hornets Anthony Davis returns to action tonight against wizards. details to come.

— Jimmy Smith (@JimmySmithtp) December 11, 2012

Hornets.com's Jim Eichenhofer went on to report that Davis will come off the bench tonight and added some comments from Davis himself.

Anthony Davis will play tonight, according to Monty. Davis will come off bench

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 11, 2012

A.Davis on missing 11 games: "It was tough because you want to be on the floor. Esp. as a rookie, you want to play as many games as you can"

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) December 11, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Thursday, December 6 at 3:43 p.m. ET

Rough news for Hornets fans as Anthony Davis will miss another game due to his ankle injury, according to New Orleans Times-Picayune's John Reid.

New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis will miss his 10th consecutive game on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a stress reaction in his left ankle injury, but Coach Monty Williams said he is making progress. Davis was seen near the end of practice Thursday at the Alario Center working on his post moves against Williams.

'Every day he’s getting closer,' Williams said. 'How close, I’m not sure. He’s got more testing to do medically to see where his ankle/foot is. I think that’s a big hurdle right now.'

'He’s got to make sure the medical people say he’s at a certain level where he can do more. Today, we were just working on foot work and talking to him about things he can do going forward.’

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 11:08 a.m. ET

At this point, it is unknown when Anthony Davis will return from ankle injury as he continues to rehab the injury while the Hornets evaluate his progress, according to New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith.

The New Orleans Hornets again did not have rookie power forward Anthony Davis available Wednesday night against Utah as he continues to rehabilitate a stress reaction in his left ankle. Hornets Coach Monty Williams said pregame that Davis has undergone additional tests since returning to New Orleans, as Davis had indicatedin an interview Sunday in Denver.

'I think they're still evaluating his situation right now,' Williams said. 'They had some more testing done to just see where he is, but that's normal protocol. We're not going to have him tonight.'

Davis said last Sunday he could still be two weeks away from returning to the court.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 12:35 p.m. ET 

Though he's not expected back in the lineup just yet, the Hornets did receive some good news about Davis' ankle. According to Jennifer Hale of NBA Courtside, the rookie forward finally removed his walking boot on Wednesday:

#Hornets Anthony Davis making progress: walking boot off today to ride elliptical & pass ball during practice. No running or shooting yet.

— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) November 28, 2012

New Orleans has floundered, especially on the defensive end, without Davis, so the team will anxiously await his return and hope the injuries are a thing of the past.

---End of Update---


UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 2:20 p.m. ET

While the Hornets continue to wait for Davis to get back on the court, they did receive some news about the rookie's bothersome ankle. 

According to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Davis is likely going to be out two more weeks. 

Davis said Sunday after the team's shoot around at a downtown hotel that a precautionary MRI following three ankle sprains in as many days revealed the problem, which is a precursor to a more serious stress fracture that would likely manifest itself without rest and rehabilitation.

Given that the Hornets are just 3-8 this season and going nowhere fast, there is no need to try to rush Davis back to risk further injury. He will only get better as a player when he is 100 percent and able to play at full speed. 

---END OF UPDATE---

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 21 at 5:38 p.m. ET 

According to Times-Picayune reporter John Reid, Davis will miss Wednesday night's game versus the Indiana Pacers:

Anthony Davis will miss second straight game with ankle injury

— John Reid (@JohnReidTP) November 21, 2012

---End of Update---

New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola had the news:

Anthony Davis (ankle) is out for tonight's game vs Knicks.

— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) November 20, 2012

According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Davis is doubtful for Wednesday night's game versus the Indiana Pacers as well.

Beating the Knicks with Davis was going to be difficult, but knocking off New York's finest without him is going to be nearly impossible.

The touted first-year big man changes the game on both ends of the floor, and the Hornets are only 2-4 with him manning the middle. You can only imagine how they will be without him in the paint.

Davis is averaging 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. He's also blocking just over two shots per night. Play like that is what made him the No. 1 overall selection in last year's draft, and he hasn't disappointed in the least.

Davis first tweaked his ankle on Monday, but he was considered day-to-day for Tuesday night's contest per John Reid of NOLA.com. He was expected to play, making Isola's news a little surprising.

With Davis out of the lineup, Ryan Anderson and Lance Thomas will have to play bigger roles on offense. Neither player is exactly like Davis, but a committee approach is going to be necessary. 

Monty Williams could also play backup center Jason Smith at power forward, or possibly float Al-Farouq Aminu in that direction as well. 

New Orleans doesn't have better options, but they have options. 

It's hard to tell how bad the injury is, so this could be more of a precaution, but the Hornets would prefer to have Davis healthy for every game. 

Hopefully, he can return to the floor soon.

Stay tuned for updates.

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