Anthony Davis will play against Portland
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
UPDATE: Anthony Davis is among the starters tonight for New Orleans and will play against the Trail Blazers.
PORTLAND – New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis’ status for Sunday’s game at Portland remained uncertain just 90 minutes before tip-off. Monty Williams said he would find out soon if Davis will be available to play, after the second-year pro was shuttled in and out of the mix during Friday’s loss at Utah. Davis left the game in the first half Friday and was not on the floor for the start of the third quarter, but then was inserted back into the lineup in the fourth quarter, only to be pulled again with about three minutes remaining.
"It's not a structural issue; he's just dealing with spasms and soreness every day that he wakes up," Williams said of Davis. "He's a lot better than he was. He would've been OK the last game, (but) he took that tumble into the crowd that messed him up. He could've finished the game, but I took him out. I just felt like it was time. ... As long as he's structurally fine, we're OK with playing him if he wants to play."
Other notes from pregame in Oregon:
• What’s at stake for New Orleans (32-44): The Pelicans are trying to halt a four-game losing streak and pick up a win to close their three-game Western Conference road trip.
• What’s at stake for Portland (49-28): Though nothing’s set in stone, the Trail Blazers would need a collapse by Houston to move up from the current No. 5 seed in the West. Of greater concern, Portland is only 1.5 games ahead of sixth-place Golden State (47-29). The Blazers can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight over the Pelicans, along with a loss by Dallas, Memphis or Phoenix. Those teams are playing Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix, respectively.