Anthony Davis Leaves Game Early with Possible Concussion- Hornets top draft pick Anthony Davis was hit in the head with an elbow in the first half of New Orleans’ 88-86 win against Utah on Friday. After scoring eight points and collecting six rebounds, Davis was forced to leave the game and did not return. He is currently being tested for a possible concussion (ESPN).
Knicks Crush Heat in Season Opener- After their season opener was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy, the New York Knicks were forced to play their first game against the 1-0 defending champion Miami Heat. However, the Knicks were up for the challenge, shocking everyone but themselves in a rout of LeBron and Co. 104-84 (CBS Sports).
Lakers Still Winless- Needless to say, there were some high expectations put on the Lakers this season after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to join Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. That’s why many in LA are hitting the panic button, as the Lakers are winless through their first three games. After dropping a game to the Clippers on Friday, the Lakers are off to their worst start in 34 years (Sporting News).
Bobcats End 23-Game Losing Streak- After losing 23 consecutive games to finish last season with the worst winning percentage (7-59, 10.6%) in NBA history, the Bobcats started 2012-2013 with a win Friday. Charlotte snapped the skid by beating the Pacers in their home opener 90-89 (Sports Illustrated).
James Harden On Fire, Rockets 2-0- Houston is liking their end of the James Harden trade so far. Not only is the team 2-0 after beating the Hawks on Friday, but Harden is playing well beyond expectations after two games, averaging 41 points per contest (NBC Sports).
Turkoglu Injured in Magic Win- Orlando won their first game of the post-Dwight Howard era 102-89 against the Denver Nuggets, but suffered a major loss in the form of an injury, as forward Hedo Turkoglu broke his left hand while swiping for a ball. It’s unclear how much time he will miss, but it’s definitely not what Orlando wanted to see to start the year (Orlando Sentinel).