Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Hornet Davis hurt, might miss Game 2

NBA notebook

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - New Orleans guard Baron Davis is questionable for the Hornets' playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night because of a left knee injury.

Davis didn't practice on Monday, and doesn't plan to practice today. Results of an MRI on Monday were negative.

"Right now, it's still sore," Davis said. "I hope it's rested, and some of the swelling and inflammation will go down by Wednesday."

Davis missed 20 games after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee on Jan. 28. He returned March 11, and played 14 of the final 18 games.

Davis had 10 points, six assists and committed six turnovers in Sunday's 98-90 series-opening loss to Philadelphia.

JAZZ: Utah suspended guard DeShawn Stevenson, hours before its playoff game against the Sacramento Kings Monday, for conduct detrimental to the team.

Stevenson was sent back to Salt Lake City, the Jazz announced in a brief press release that didn't indicate the nature of his conduct. The release didn't specify the length of the suspension.

Stevenson, a third-year pro who was drafted by the Jazz directly out of his Fresno high school, played just one minute in Utah's 96-90 loss to the Kings in Game 1. He was a disappointment this season.

SHAQ AT WAKE: Shaquille O'Neal left the Lakers on Monday to attend his grandfather's wake in South Carolina, but he's expected to play in Game 2 of the playoff series against Minnesota tonight.

The Lakers' center was to miss an afternoon practice, return late Monday night and be at a shootaround this morning.

O'Neal had 32 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-98 victory in the opener Sunday.

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