NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams said rookie starting power forward Anthony Davis will play in Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic at New Orleans Arena.
Davis had a sprained left shoulder and bone bruise and missed the past two games — Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Thunder and Friday at home against the Detroit Pistons.
“Yes, (Davis is) playing,” Williams said, smiling, during the team’s shoot-around Monday. “No minute restriction, nothing that I’ve heard so far.”
Davis participated in the shoot-around after going through practice Sunday, although he was kept out of contact situations. He was seen shooting the ball and practicing moves with no problems.
He injured the shoulder during Tuesday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets, leaving with 4 ½ minutes left in the third quarter and not returning.
He did not make the trip to Oklahoma City and had an MRI. During Friday’s shoot-around the morning of the Pistons game, he appeared to have difficulty lifting the arm, and an hour before the game the shoulder was wrapped in ice. However, he has been taking medication to reduce swelling.