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Bradley Handwerger
WWLTV.com Sports Reporter

The Hornets will be without forward Jason Smith for the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the team announced Friday afternoon, ending his year six weeks short.

Additionally, rookie forward Anthony Davis will miss tonight's game against Detroit with a left shoulder sprain.

Smith will have surgery to repair the tear next week. He played in 51 games this season, averaging 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. The Hornets won't miss his scoring, however, as much as they'll miss his energy and leadership. Smith turned into one of the team's biggest keys off the bench this season.

Davis, meanwhile, injured his shoulder against Brooklyn on Tuesday and didn't travel with the team for its Wednesday game at Oklahoma City. He's considered day-to-day but should be helped by the fact that New Orleans won't play for another Monday after tonight's game.

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