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New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis leaves game with left knee injury; MRI comes back negative

NBA.com staff reports

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis left Tuesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a left knee injury and did not return. The Blazers won 103-93.

Davis’ left knee appeared to buckle as he posted up Maurice Harkless on the Pelicans’ opening possession. Davis continued to play until he bumped knees with Damian Lillard a few minutes later.

At that point, Davis limped to the locker room under his own power with 6:59 left in the first quarter.

According to Pelicans sideline reporter Jennifer Hale, Davis initially tweaked his knee during pregame warmups.

Davis underwent an MRI exam at the arena in Portland. After the game, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the MRI came back negative.

The Pelicans will have more details Wednesday, but sources tell Shams Charania of The Vertical that Davis is considered day-to-day.

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with no structural damage in his injured left knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Davis felt the pain during warmups before Tuesday’s road loss in Portland, and tweaked the knee approximately five minutes into the game and sat out the remainder of the night. Davis underwent an MRI that showed swelling and no damage in the knee, and will be listed as day-to-day, league sources said.

William Guillory of The Times-Picayune reports that Davis was experiencing some soreness in the knee after the game:

Davis appeared to bump knees with Portland forward Maurice Harkless early in the first quarter and headed to the locker room after checking out with 6:59 left in the period. He didn’t return.

The team indicated Davis might have tweaked his knee before the game. He underwent an MRI at the arena, which came back negative, though he is experiencing soreness.

Davis will be listed as day-to-day heading into Thursday’s game at Sacramento.

Davis was off to a great start this season, joining Kevin Garnett as the only players in the past 40 years with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in their first three games.

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