Ex-Cat Davis to miss 4 to 6 weeks; MKG has broken hand, too

December 3, 2013 

Pelicans Knicks Basketball

New York Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani, left, and New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) defend as New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) pulls down a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The Pelicans won 103-99, but Davis left the game in the first half with a fractured hand.

KATHY WILLENS — AP

The New Orleans Pelicans announced that Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of his broken left hand.

The second-year big man and 2012 top overall draft choice out of the University of Kentucky was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand after Sunday night's victory over the Knicks in New York.

The injury occurred during the first quarter in New York, when he hit his hand on the rim while going up for a contested lob. He underwent further evaluations by team doctors Tuesday in New Orleans before the club released the timetable for his return, which spans from 12 to 20 games.

The team said Davis will not speak to the media about the injury until Wednesday morning following the team's shootaround for its game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Davis started the Pelicans' first 16 games, averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.

■ The Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played 19 minutes in Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks before leaving with what turned out to be a broken left hand.

The Charlotte Obsever reported that Kidd-Gilchrist's left hand will be re-evaluated on Wednesday after the team returns to North Carolina.

■ DeMarcus Cousins missed the Sacramento Kings' game against Oklahoma City on Tuesday because of a sprained ankle. Another former UK standout, Chuck Hayes, started in his place.

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