New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered during the April 10 game against the Sacramento Kings, the team reported yesterday.
Davis suffered a sprained Medial Collateral Ligament and bone bruise in his left knee after colliding with Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton with 5:45 to play in the game. He underwent an MRI yesterday, which revealed no additional structural damage.
“It’s part of the game,” said Hornets head coach Monty Williams when asked about Davis’ injury. “Unfortunately, when you are playing with big men running up and down the floor there are going to be collisions and twists, especially to the joints. We don’t like it, but that’s why we work as hard as we do to try to avoid that.”
Williams said the team has played shorthanded before, so it creates an opportunity for others to play.
The Hornets went much of the beginning of the season without guard Eric Gordon, and have lost guard Austin Rivers and forward Jason Smith to season-ending injuries. Guard Greivis Vasquez is currently out with a sprained right ankle, and forward Lance Thomas is out with an injured foot.