Anthony Davis out due to upper respiratory infection
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
UPDATE at 6:15 p.m. Central: Anthony Davis will not play tonight against Toronto, due to an upper respiratory infection.
News and updates from the Smoothie King Center prior to Wednesday’s interconference game between Toronto and New Orleans:
• Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said some of his players were “under the weather” today, including Anthony Davis, who is uncertain to play vs. Toronto due to illness. “Anthony’s not feeling too good,” Williams said. “We don’t know right now (if he will play). I will go back and talk to (Pelicans trainer Jon Ishop) and see if all of our guys are ready.”
• Williams spoke extensively in pregame about the development of rookie center Jeff Withey, who played a career-most 29 minutes Sunday vs. Boston. “I’ve seen him work, prepare and lifting weights,” Williams said of the Kansas product. “He’s the first guy in the gym every day. I’m pleased with that. To see him on the floor, I got a vision of what he can be in the Lakers game. He was diving to the rim, dunking the ball and making plays at the rim defensively. His biggest deal this summer – and I’m sure the young guys all realize this – is what kind of shape they have to be in to play this game. The weight room has to be his friend, and his conditioning’s got to go up, because (the NBA season is) a grind for young guys.”
• Williams suggested players such as Darius Miller and Luke Babbitt may get more playing over the next few weeks. “They’ve earned it, because they’ve worked hard in practice,” Williams said.
• What’s at stake for the Raptors (37-29): Toronto is trying to end a two-game losing streak that has made its hold on the No. 3 spot in the East a tenuous one. The Raptors’ lead in the Atlantic Division is also down to 2.5 games on second-place Brooklyn. Still, Toronto is on its way to the franchise’s best season in years.
• What’s at stake for the Pelicans (27-39): New Orleans is seeking to wrap up its six-game homestand with a winning mark at 4-2. Individually, the storyline revolves around Davis and what the first-time All-Star can do to follow up his career-best 40-point, 21-rebound performance Sunday vs. Boston.