NEW ORLEANS — Hornets rookie forward/center Anthony Davis left New Orleans' 88-86 win over Utah early after suffering a mild concussion, team officials said.
Davis was hit in the head by an errant elbow and coach Monty Williams realized something was wrong in spite of not seeing it happen.
“I just saw he was looking around like he got hit and I just thought it’s best to get him out of the game," Williams said. "He’s a pretty tough kid so if he’s hurting like that and he couldn’t play, I’m sure the doctors saw something that they wanted to keep him safe."
Team officials said Davis will not travel to Chicago for New Orleans' Saturday night game against the Bulls and instead will remain in town to undergo further evaluation. He's listed as day-to-day.
“I didn’t see him at halftime," Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez said. "All of a sudden someone said he got elbowed. I hope he’s fine because obviously he’s a big piece for us."
Prior to leaving the game, the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA draft had eight points and six rebounds to with two blocked shots.