Davis injured his shoulder after he ran into Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in the Hornets’ 101-97 loss Tuesday night. It was not apparent how bad the injury was as Davis was cleared to return to the game after suffering the sprain in the third quarter. However, New Orleans head coach Monty Williams decided it was best to let his star player rest.
The 19-year-old out of Kentucky has been able to hold his own in the NBA considering he is clearly going up against a different breed of players than he did a year ago. Unfortunately, injuries have been sort of a problem and it has been difficult for the youngster to stay healthy at times. His major two injuries so far this season were a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for two games and a stress reaction on his ankle, which forced him to miss 11 straight.
It is unknown how much time Davis will miss with his latest injury, but the good news is it does not appear to be serious. If anything, the Hornets medical staff might keep him out of Friday’s game as well just to be safe because then he would have five full days of rest until New Orleans’ Monday night showdown with the Orlando Magic.
Davis is averaging 12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.8 percent from the field in 27.7 minutes this season.