Bruised Achilles tendon bothering point guard
NEW ORLEANS-- The New Orleans Hornets placed Baron Davis on the injured list Friday because of a bruised right Achilles tendon, allowing the team to bring back point guard Junior Harrington on a 10-day contract.
The Hornets managed to outlast the Philadelphia 76ers 99-95 in overtime on Friday night.
Davis, who already has missed the last five games with the injury that occurred in Toronto on Jan. 16, likely will not play again until the Hornets face Golden State on Feb. 11, coach Byron Scott said.
The NBA granted an exception to New Orleans to allow Davis to be the team's fourth player on the injured list, one more than the normal maximum.
That allowed the Hornets to sign Harrington, who was waived a week ago to make room on the roster after New Orleans acquired three frontcourt players from Phoenix in exchange for Jim Jackson.
But with Harrington gone and Davis hurt, Dan Dickau was the only true point guard in uniform for New Orleans' past three games.
Scott said Davis in the last few days had told him he might need another week before he is ready to play.
"So I said, 'Let's take two weeks and get your body completely healed,"' Scott said. "That allowed us to get Junior back here ... and now we're not struggling with Danny going 40-plus minutes every night."
Harrington was in uniform for the Hornets' home game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Davis has averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 assists in 17 games with the Hornets this season. He also missed 19 games from Nov. 13 to Dec. 21 because of an inflamed disc in his lower back.
Also out on Friday was Sixers' guard Allen Iverson, who has a strained left shoulder. It was the league leading scorer's second straight game out of action.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press