Anthony Davis status update expected Saturday
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
An update on the injury status of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is expected to come Saturday, after the All-Star has been evaluated. Davis left Friday’s home game vs. Utah after only playing 3 minutes, 43 seconds. The 21-year-old appeared to be wincing as he tried to run up and down the Smoothie King Center hardwood; he was ruled out with a left ankle injury.
The Pelicans (32-40) traveled to San Antonio about an hour after Friday’s final buzzer, to face the Spurs on Saturday (7:30 p.m. Central, Fox Sports New Orleans).
“He had pain in his ankle, so I got him out of the game,” Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said. “We don’t know who’re going to have tomorrow (available to play against the Spurs).”
Williams said he had not heard Davis make any previous complaints about experiencing pain in his ankle.
By exiting Friday’s game, Davis joined a lengthy list of key Pelicans who were unable to play due to injury, a group that includes Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday, Jason Smith and recently sidelined guards Eric Gordon and Brian Roberts. Anderson, Holiday and Smith are all out for the season.
“Yes, we have guys stepping up and playing really good basketball,” Williams said of New Orleans extending its season-best winning streak to five games by beating Utah. “But we need our main guys to be on the floor. I’m concerned about all of our guys with injuries at this time of the year.”