Knicks’ Ron Baker suffered fractured face when Anthony Davis dunked on him
This is just adding injury to insult.
Last Saturday Ron Baker ended up as the prop in a dunk of the season candidate by Anthony Davis. When Davis spun baseline and blew past Kristaps Porzingis to line up a dunk, Baker tried to come in with some rim protection and it went poorly. Very poorly.
Baker was caught in the face by Davis’ off-arm — an elbow to the eye that sent Baker straight to the locker room. Now he’s going to miss at least one game with a fractured orbital bone, and he will be playing with a mask for a while.
Ron Baker sustained a left orbital fracture in Saturday’s game at New Orleans. He is out for tonight’s game against San Antonio and is being fitted for a face mask. He is day-to-day.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 2, 2018
Should that have been a foul on Davis? I don’t think so, as he didn’t make a motion to push Baker away, this was just inadvertent. And ugly. That said, league referees have been instructed to protect players in the case of a blow to the head, and this certainly was that.
Baker had a good sense of humor about it.