Is David West’s Season Over?

It was one of those moments that makes you sick to your stomach. Two teams battling for playoff position are going down to the wire on League Pass, and a split second after David West throws down a dunk in Paul Millsap‘s grill to tie the game with 22.5 seconds left, West comes down awkwardly on his left leg.

The replay showed that West’s left knee buckled on his landing. Combine that visual with the volume of his screams that were heard loud and clear on the Utah broadcast, and the quick assumption is that West blew out his knee. The Hornets said in a release that West is listed with left knee trauma and an MRI is pending.

Somehow, with the help of a miraculous buzzer-beater from Emeka Okafor, the Hornets managed to pull out a 121-117 victory in overtime, keeping them a game ahead of the Grizzlies for seventh place in the Western Conference. More important, they’re three games in the loss column ahead of both Houston and Phoenix.

We don’t know at this point how long West will be out, but unfortunately, it would be a surprise if we didn’t find out within the next 24 hours that he has a torn ACL or MCL.

No matter how long he’s out, Chris Paul and the rest of the Hornets have some work to do to hang onto a playoff spot, especially since they face Phoenix twice and Houston once in their final 10 games. And if they do make the playoffs, they’re certainly a less dangerous opponent for one of the top seeds without West.

Beyond this season and these playoffs, West is a free agent this summer. Everything depends on how quickly the league and the players come together on a new collective bargaining agreement, but an extended rehab will certainly affect his market value, as well as the value of other free agent power forwards.

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26 Comments

  1. Kam says:

    That’s just sad…
    But wow.. Way to go Jazz fans.. Way to stare the guy down instead of applauding his effort when he is taken off the court.

  2. gerald says:

    it is sad to see a player goes down with an injury..
    hope that D-West will be fine..
    still i believed in Chris Paul’s leadership and heart..
    NO will not go down without a fight..

  3. David says:

    Chris Paul then David West. What a fate for NO. Still it’s none sense if NO goes for the Playoffs, they’ll lose w/o David West. No point. It’s a serious injury. Look at how he screamed. I hope David West be traded for Demarcus Cousins. Hahahaha That would be fun. But still, who’ll dominate is the MIAMI HEAT. Go Lebron. :D

  4. got_watcha_want says:

    They lose the depth, but landry will be a suitible repalcement. The depth loss is gonna get them in the first round, but thay can still make it to the post season.

  5. DC says:

    Man, “Al Jefferson” looks a whole lot like Paul Milsap in that play. Even wearing a Milsap jersey. Nothing like blaming the wrong guy for getting dunked on.

  6. Rich says:

    As much as I hate West for always picking on my man, Dirk, I hate to see him go like that. ACL, MCL is a serious injury and more often than not, career ending. He’ll never be the same again even if he comes back.

  7. jeff says:

    so underrated :/ just a bad loss for the NO. get better bud

  8. Say What ?... says:

    Hornets going to make it to Western Conference Finals ?! good luck beating the lakers or spurs lol

  9. matz_m8s says:

    D-WEST IS ACTUALLY UNDER-APPRECIATED IN THIS SIDE CONSIDERING THAT HE CAN BE LINED UP PRETTY WAY AHEAD THAN OTHER “BEST IN THE WEST”. I’M A BIG FAN OF DWEST NEXT TO CP3 AND SEEING HIM GO DOWN LIKE THAT REALLY JERKED ME OUT…BAD ROMANCE…HOPE DWEST STILL RECOVERS, NOT NECESSARILY IN THE DAYS TO COME, EVEN IF THEY WONT BE ABLE TO GET TO THE PLAYOFFS THIS SEASON, AS LONG AS HE’S FINE – WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM PLAY BETTER WITH CP3 TIL NEXT SEASON…MY SALUTE TO YOU, BIG D – ALL RESPECT TO YOU, CP3 AND OUR HORNETS….GEUX HORNETS!!!

  10. D_Brennan says:

    This is very sad news… D-West has been the motor for the hornets but with CP3 back to his old self it will be ok…and if there are ne doubters in C landry, rememberwhen west was out with an ankle injury…Landry came in and got an easy dub-dub…………..D-West season may b over but the hornets is not!!!! trust me all you doubters saying the hornets wont make the playoffs or a far less dangerous team..you obviously dnt do ur homework on landry…..Western Conference Finals..remember who said this!

    • Rich says:

      OK, we’re all sorry for what happened to him now.. but please don’t push it too much – Hornets will not make it to the 2nd round even if DWest is there.

  11. sunsman says:

    just like Suns Bucks game last year….. big man goes down after incidental contact and so does teams playoffs. Even if Hornets make playoffs they will be 1st round fodder. Not good for NBA ratings or for good basketball purists where you want to see teams at their best at playoffs. Get well soon DWest, hope nothing serious

  12. so sad.west is one of the best on his position. sorry for the Hornets fan. step up Laundry

  13. e H says:

    Watched game live, could hear him screaming. sounded pretty bad because hes probably a pretty tough guy too

  14. BIG SM says:

    David West, get better!!! Hornets, hang on to the Playoff Spot, get it done for Your Colleague as well!!!

  15. cp3_fan says:

    who knows, landry might turn out to be better than west :P
    but i sure hope it’s nothing serious for west, NO needs him

  16. Chabo says:

    ahh man, like seriously, if i could choose, i’d rather lose the game and not have west injured…
    any hope of us getting past second round of playoffs is basically gone. i guess now is the time for Landry to step and and really pick up his game. i’ve seen him play really well in Sacramento and Houston so i hope he really steps it up.

  17. mamba24 says:

    that is sad to hear , D-WEST one of the best player in the roster wish him luck and i hope that he can fully recover with this injury

  18. bashmo says:

    Ahhhhhh bad injury at a bad time. Hopefully its not as serious as a torn ACL or MCL, but it certainly seemed like a season ending type situation…and now Landry and CP3 have to step up BIG to make sure we have a chance to hold onto that seed…i still believe we can do it, though! LETS GO HORNETS

  19. Srt-4 says:

    What a terrible fate for NO Hornets this season…Paul has not been healthy this whole season and now D-West goes down…and the timing…just couldn’t be worse…They won the game, but lost player…sad..

    Good luck to Hornets and their fans!! Hope to see you guys make the playoffs none the less!! D-West, get better! Drink some of that Tiger Blood in the offseason and come back strong!

  20. tom says:

    This is awful news, being a hornets fan and looking forward to making the playoffs my confidence in that has been dented. The trade that acquired carl landry however has now seemed a good one as although he is not as good as west, landry will slip straight into west’s pf position and hopefully be able to string together some solid games until the season’s out.

  21. Herr says:

    As a Blazer fan, I can tell you the same thing that I said when I saw Caron Butler’s injury – “He is done”. Sad to see, even though it’s bitter sweet news for the Blazers if NOH was a threat (personally I don’t think they are, but it’s nice to have cushion).

    If I had to choose a team, before tonights games, that would not make the playoffs on April 16th but would make them if they started today, I would have picked New Orleans. They’re too streaky. Now they lost their 2nd option big man who has been playing great and has a decent amount of clutch in him.

    I would be surprised to see them make it to the playoffs at this point. Really bad timing for an injury. Rockets got lucky here. Kind of hate to see them back in the playoffs because I’m still bitter after the horrible officiated round 1 series in 2009. Looks like they might take 8th or 7th.

    • prix' says:

      Chris Paul could probably find another go to guy but w/o West I doubt if they can win consistently…They start strong this season but slowly fading and now w/o West their hopes in the playoffs are gone…