Davis cleared to play for Hornets Tuesday

December 11, 2012 

Hornets Heat Basketball

New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis shot over Miami Heat forwards Udonis Haslem, left, and Mike Miller (13) during the fourth quarter of a pre-season NBA basketball game on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Miami. Davis had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hornets to a 96-89 victory over the Heat in the teams' pre-season finale.

WILFREDO LEE — ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Hornets rookie and top overall draft pick Anthony Davis has been cleared to return to action on Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Davis has missed 11 games because of what trainers called a stress reaction in his left ankle, a condition which could have led to a fracture if not rested and treated.

The rookie out of Kentucky was off to a strong start to his NBA career before being sidelined, averaging 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in six games. He also missed time earlier this season with a concussion.

During his most recent 11-game absence, the Hornets were 2-9.

New Orleans still awaits the return of guard Eric Gordon, who has not yet played this season because of a right knee injury.

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