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Hornets make OKC trip without rookie Anthony Davis

2/27/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New Orleans Hornets announced that No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis did not make the trip to Oklahoma City with team for Wednesday’s game against the Thunder due to a left shoulder sprain.
 
Anthony Davis sustained the shoulder injury Tuesday night after he had a collision with center Brook Lopez under the basket, late in the third quarter of New Orleans' 101-97 loss to Brooklyn Nets. The New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis came away from the contact clutching his shoulder in pain, and did not return in the game after going to the bench with 3:55 left in the quarter.
 
While team officials had considered it safe for Anthony Davis to return in the game, New Orleans Hornets decided against risking the forward to further injury by putting him back on floor.
 
It is Anthony Davis’ second injury in less than a week. During the third quarter of last Friday’s loss to the Dallas Maverick, Anthony Davis suffered a minor knee sprain and did not return in the game. However, he participated in practice the next day and logged 28 minutes against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds for the New Orleans Hornets in Sunday’s 110-95 win over the Sacramento Kings.
 
Earlier in the season, Anthony Davis also missed time with ankle issues and a concussion. He sat out his 17th game this season on Thursday. Anthony Davis is averaging 12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.
 
Shooting guard Eric Gordon was also absent from the New Orleans Hornets’ starting lineup, although he did travel with the team on Wednesday. Eric Gordon is sitting out due to restrictions by team doctors advised against playing him in of second of back-to-back games, though he was in uniform on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Eric Gordon is coming back from a patella tendon disorder and bone bruise in his right knee earlier this season and the team is precarious to avoid overextending his knee.
 
Eric Gordon missed the first 29 games of the season due to the knee injury. The fifth-year pro Eric Gordon is averaging 16.6 points and 3.1 assists per game.
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