Anthony Davis has had an up and down rookie season. Injuries — an early season concussion and later a sprained ankle — have kept him out of games entirely. When he has been healthy, he’s found himself on the bench in crunch time of close games as head coach Monty Williams has decided to play Robin Lopez over him. As the number one overall pick in this past draft, it’s fair to say that we’ve seen flashes of the player we thought he could be, but we haven’t seen that player consistently.
Against the Celtics, we saw a few more flashes of how good he can be. Davis put up okay numbers — 9 points and 8 rebounds — but did have the play of the game, tipping in the game winner. The Celtics had trouble keeping the Hornets off the glass all night and at the end of the game they again failed to secure a rebound, this time the one that would have won them the game.
With the Hornets trailing by one, they went to Eric Gordon on an isolation to try and create a shot to win the game. Gordon, smartly went a bit early in the clock allowing for a potential put back should his shot not fall. When Gordon’s fading, leaning bank shot caromed off the rim, there was Davis going over the top of Kevin Garnett with the tip-in that sealed the game.
In a season where he’s been up and down, this play offered Davis one of his higher moments.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taken to hospital after shoulder injury
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
MKG fouled as he curled off pick & hits the floor hard. Headed to locker room w/ trainer Steve Stricker after holding R shoulder. @hornets
We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.
Derrick Rose expected to rejoin Bulls on Wednesday
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.
“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.
“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”
The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.
Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.