NBA News: Anthony Davis' Ankle and Latest Injury Buzz Around the League

Stephen SheehanCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Anthony Davis' absence has been impossible to fill.
Anthony Davis' absence has been impossible to fill.Scott Halleran/Getty Images

New Orleans Hornets center Anthony Davis has already missed seven straight games, and it appears his bum ankle will keep him out of the lineup for at least another week, according to John Reid of The Times-Picayune

Although he's been an instant impact player like many expected, Davis—the No. 1 overall pick back in June—has played in just six games this season.

The supremely talented big man is dealing with a stress fracture in his left ankle, and the Hornets haven't found a way to deal with his absence, losing nine of their last 10 games. 

Elsewhere around the league: 


Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton's excellent performance against the Phoenix Suns Sunday ended on a sour note. 

The 28-year-old Felton suffered a contusion and bone bruise in his left hand in New York's 106-99 win over Phoenix, according to Ian Begley and ESPN New York

With Jason Kidd sidelined with back spasms, Felton had elevated his play as of late. 

During his last 10 games, Felton had been averaging 14.9 points, 6.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. 


Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers may be without rookie Dion Waiters Monday as the starting shooting guard suffered an ankle sprain. 

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted the Cavaliers' second-leading scorer is questionable for Monday's game against the Detroit Pistons.

Dion Waiters' MRI today confirmed ankle sprain. Will travel with team to Detroit, listed as questionable for tmrw's game vs Pistons

— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) December 2, 2012


Shane Battier, SF, Miami Heat

Heat forward Shane Battier still isn't sure whether he'll play against the Washington Wizards Tuesday. 

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports the 34-year-old three-point and defensive specialist has been rehabbing, but will probably play the conservative route in returning from a sprained knee.