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Hornets' Anthony Davis is out for the season with MCL sprain

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

The 2012 first pick is done for the rest of the season. (Getty Images)
The 2012 first pick is done for the rest of the season. (Getty Images)

Anthony Davis has battled various injuries throughout his rookie season for the New Orleans Hornets and will miss the final three games with his latest injury. After a collision with Sacramento shooting guard Marcus Thornton during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Kings on Wednesday, Davis has a left knee injury that is making the Hornets take precautions in a lost season.

The Hornets announced Thursday evening Davis has a sprained left MCL and a bone bruise that will end his rookie season.

New Orleans Hornets rookie F/C Anthony Davis sustained a sprained Medial Collateral Ligament and bone bruise in his left knee during last night's contest against the Sacramento Kings. Further evaluations and an MRI performed today by team physicians revealed no additional structural damage. As a result, Davis will miss the remainder of the season.

The injury occurred with 5:45 remaining in the fourth quarter of last night's game at Sleep Train Arena when Davis collided with Kings G Marcus Thornton. Davis (6-10, 220) is averaging 13.5 points 8.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 28.8 minutes per game this season.

Davis has shown a lot of promise as a rookie with his ability to finish at the rim, knock down jumpers, crash the boards and defend. But he's also been banged up as well. He missed two games earlier in the season with a concussion, 11 games with an injury to his ankle and two more games with a shoulder injury.

With only three games left and the Hornets better off losing for improved lottery odds, there isn't a reason for Davis to try to test the knee and play through the pain or wait to see if he can play in a final game or two this season.

Some have wondered if despite his injuries, perhaps he should be considered for Rookie of the Year over Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. Davis' efficiency numbers and advanced statistical output do rate higher than what Lillard has done. However, Lillard is the leading scorer in the rookie class and has already played 1,166 more minutes in 14 more games than Davis. He's also helped lead his team to a better record than Davis' Hornets.

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