Anthony Davis sits out game against Knicks

NEW ORLEANS — Hornets rookie power forward Anthony Davis sat out Tuesday night’s game against the New York Knicks because of a stress reaction in his left ankle.

New Orleans coach Monty Williams made the announcement during his pregame interview with the media 1½ hours before the game.

The status of Davis, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, is said to be day-to-day.

He is averaging 16.0 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds and 2.17 blocked shots and was coming off a strong performance Saturday night at Milwaukee in which he scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

“He’s disappointed,” Williams said.

Williams had said after Monday’s practice session at the Alario Center that Davis had twisted the ankle during practice. It was the third time Davis had done so in a span of four days.

He initially hurt it during Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Arena. He then turned it again during the second quarter of Saturday night’s game vs. the Bucks before twisting it Monday.

A stress reaction is described as a tender area in the bone that is the result of high amount of activity. It is said to heal on its own with reduced activity.

On Monday, Davis said the injury seemed minor and that he was looking forward to playing against the Knicks. Davis said he was grateful for the work Knicks center Tyson Chandler and forward Carmelo Anthony did with him to improve his game during Team USA’s Olympic training camp and practices this past summer.

Tuesday night’s game was the first of six in nine days for the Hornets, includingWednesday’s against against the Pacers in Indianapolis. Davis will travel with the team on the road trip, which includes four games.