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Anthony Davis is game-time decision at Phoenix

By: Jim Eichenhofer,, @Jim_Eichenhofer

PHOENIX – After spraining his left shoulder during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Dallas, New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis will be a game-time decision Friday, when the Pelicans visit the Phoenix Suns on ESPN (9:30 p.m. Central).

“The shoulder feels good,” said Davis, who fully participated in shootaround this morning, with no restrictions. “It’s a game-time decision, but it feels better. We’ll see how it feels at game time.”

“He seems better, but we’re going to keep it a game-time decision and see how he responds to a workout yesterday and treatment he’s gotten over the last couple days,” Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said.

The 20-year-old All-Star said the injury occurred on a play in which Dallas’ Shawn Marion swiped at the ball. The pain he experienced worsened during additional contact with Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert under the basket.

“Soreness,” Davis said of his main symptom. “That’s all. It will depend on how I tolerate the soreness.”

Williams will be forced to make another lineup change if Davis is unable to play. The fourth-year New Orleans coach said he’s considering starting Luke Babbitt, partly to match up with Phoenix stretch power forward Channing Frye.

“We don’t want to put Greg (Stiemsma), Alexis (Ajinca) or Jeff (Withey) on guys like Channing, so we may go smaller, just to counteract his ability to stretch the floor,” Williams said. Williams said he is considering other lineup changes as well, but declined to provide specifics until later Friday.