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- The Hornets are taking a cautious approach with prized rookie Anthony Davis, who will miss a second consecutive game tonight to allow his left ankle to more fully heal. “He’s day to day but until they come to me and say he’s symptom-free, he’s going to be out,” said Hornets Coach Monty Williams. “It’s a situation where we’re going to err on the side of caution.”
- Though the Pacers have worked the phones exploring options to help soften the blow of Danny Granger’s prolonged absence, team President Donnie Walsh said no major moves are on the horizon. That’s fine with Coach Frank Vogel. “I’m OK with that,” he said. “The guys we have are our team. We’re missing Danny, obviously, but we have the pieces here to be a pretty good team.” Granger is out until at least the All-Star break due to chronic tendinosis in his left knee.
- Did Roy Hibbert emerge from his season-long funk with a 20-point, 12-rebound game in Washington Monday? Or was that an anomaly? “We’ll see,” said Vogel. “I think it’s just a return to the norm. We knew it was just a matter of time before he’s clicking again.” Hibbert is averaging just 9.5 points on .407 shooting.
- The Pacers will send draft picks Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson to Fort Wayne of the D-League for a pair of weekend games. It’s the first time they’ve ever made a D-League assignment. “We’ve always had young teams with young guys playing in the rotation,” Vogel said. “Now we’re more of a veteran team and the young guys can benefit from getting some playing time to help stay sharp.” Plumlee and Johnson will rejoin the Pacers for their four-game Western Conference road trip next week.
- Williams said he has named Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith and Greivis Vasquez as team tri-captains.
– Conrad Brunner