Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard Baron Davis has a small piece of torn cartilage in his left knee, but likely won't need surgery.
Davis, the third overall pick in the 1999 draft, underwent an MRI Monday after complaining of pain during the Hornets' weekend road trip.
Dr. Glenn Perry, Charlotte's team physician, said the chipped-off piece of cartilage is so small that it likely will be absorbed. If Davis continues to have pain, the knee will be re-examined, Perry said.
Davis, David Wesley's backup, is expected to rejoin the Hornets for practice Tuesday and play in Wednesday night's home game against Milwaukee.
The injury is in the same knee that Davis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 1998 NCAA tournament, ending his freshman season at UCLA. Davis played 27 games for the Bruins last season.
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