Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Hornets Rookie's Ankle

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 11:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Hornets makes a free throw shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Arena on January 11, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Things just keep going from bad to worse for the New Orleans Hornets, as star rookie Anthony Davis left Monday's game against Sacramento with an injury. 

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 12:53 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Hornets fans and fantasy owners as Anthony Davis (ankle) is expected to play tonight against the Spurs, according to Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith.

#Hornets forward Anthony Davis to play tonight against #Spurs.Story to come on NOLA.com.

— Jimmy Smith (@JimmySmithtp) January 23, 2013

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3:31 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Nola.com's John Reid, Anthony Davis practiced today while wearing an ankle brace. Davis remains listed as day-to-day.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2:38 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Hornets star Anthony Davis is listed as day-to-day with a bum ankle according to New Orleans Hornets beat writer Jim Eichenhofer (via Twitter):

Anthony Davis (ankle) is listed as day-to-day. Monty: "We’ll see how he is tomorrow morning after going through some work (practice) today."

— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) January 22, 2013

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According to Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Davis suffered a sprained left ankle in the game. 

#Hornets Anthony Davis has a sprained left ankle. Will not return to today's game. s.nola.com/qZmfcMS

— Jimmy Smith (@JimmySmithtp) January 21, 2013

After finishing last season with the worst record in the Western Conference, the Hornets were hoping to get a fresh start in 2012-13. They had the No. 1 and 10 picks in last June's NBA Draft and used them to bring in Davis and Austin Rivers. 

There was optimism in the Bayou after the Hornets made those selections, but the results for the team have not been there this season. They are just 13-27 heading into Monday's game, the second-worst mark in the Western Conference.

Davis has at least lived up to his promise. He is averaging 13.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.85 blocks per game. He is also shooting 51.4 percent from the field. 

The Hornets got off to a decent start this season, winning three of their first five games. That was as good as things would get, as they went on to lose 20 of their next 22 games to fall to the bottom of the pack out west. 

Everyone expected this to be a development year for the Hornets and Davis. He is coming along nicely, so the franchise needs to do all it can to make sure he stays on the floor to keep growing and evolving as a player.