Hornets' Anthony Davis to miss time after suffering concussion

Saturday November 3rd, 2012

By Ben Golliver

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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft will miss some time after taking a fluke blow to the head.

The New Orleans Hornets announced Friday that rookie forward Anthony Davis suffered a "mild concussion" during the second quarter of a Friday night game against the Utah Jazz. Davis will not travel with the Hornets to Chicago for a Saturday night game against the Bulls at the United Center and will instead remain in New Orleans to undergo "further tests." He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Davis, 19, was playing in just his second career NBA game when he was struck on the right side of his face by the left elbow of Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers, who was attempting to defend a drive by Paul Millsap.

The NBA instituted a strict concussion protocol prior to the 2011-12 season. Any player deemed to have suffered a concussion must pass a series of tests and receive clearance from the NBA's concussion program director, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, before returning to action.

In Davis' absence, Hornets coach Monty Williams will turn to veteran power forwards Jason Smith and Ryan Anderson.

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