Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Ankle injury sidelines Hornets’ Davis

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – New Orleans Hornets starting guard Baron
Davis missed Wednesday’s 92-86 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 24-year-old Davis suffered a sprained left ankle during the fourth quarter
of Monday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before leaving the contest
with the injury, Davis scored 25 points and dished out five assists.

Davis has played in 41 games for the Hornets this season. He leads the team in
scoring (24.3 ppg), assists (8.0 apg) and steals (2.46 spg). The UCLA product
is also averaging 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Hornets played with the league minimum eight players on Wednesday. New
Orleans also played without rookie forward David West, who missed his fifth
consecutive game with a sore knee. Center Sean Rooks also was unable to play
because of an ankle injury, although he was in uniform. Forward Jamal Mashburn
(knee) and guards David Wesley (toe) and Courtney Alexander (Achilles) are on
the injured list.