Rookie power forward Anthony Davis suffered what appeared to be a severe knee injury midway through the fourth quarter in the New Orleans Hornets' loss against the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night, but the Hornets star fortunately managed to walk off under his own power.
The question on everyone's mind is simple: What's happening with Davis' knee?
Update: Thursday, April 11, at 7:20 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Hornets fans can breathe a collective sigh of relied. According to Jimmy Smith of the Times-Picayune, Davis has an MCL sprain that won't require surgery:
Jimmy Smith @JimmySmith504
#Hornets Anthony Davis @AntDavis23 has sprained MCL, bone bruise, no structural damage. Out final 3 games. http://t.co/AnIfiuXY1b4/11/2013, 11:16:25 PM
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Update: Thursday, April 11 at 10:45 p.m ET by Michael Cahill
The Hornets aren't taking any chances as it's been reported by Nola.com that New Orleans wants to evaluate the injury further.
John Reid reports:
Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, is expected to undergo an MRI test on Thursday to determine if he has any structural damage. He was not made available to the media after the game. On his way to the team bus, however, Davis was limping noticeably.
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Update: Thursday, April 11 at 12:37 a.m. EDT by Maxwell Ogden
According to reporter Jennifer Hale, Davis suffered a left knee sprain. He left the game and did not return.
Fortunately, this injury is less severe than previously believed.
Jennifer Hale @JenHale504
@Hornets Anthony Davis - left knee sprain. Will not return.4/11/2013, 4:22:10 AM
These injuries do not usually require surgery, but instead rest and minor rehabilitation.
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After drawing an offensive foul against Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton, Davis went down, instantly clutching his left knee.
Fortunately, Davis was able to get up and walk off the court under his own power, according to Aaron Bruski of NBC Universal.
Aaron Bruski @aaronbruski
Now AD is walking, heading to the locker room4/11/2013, 4:08:34 AM
While Davis was forced to leave the game and the injury still appears to be severe, that does have to give fans hope. (Just don't forget that Rondo walked off under his own power as well.)
Davis has missed 15 games to injury thus far this year but has still managed to post impressive season averages of 13.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
Davis had 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes at the time of his injury Wednesday night in Sacramento.