Anthony Davis will miss second game with hip injury

by Jim Eichenhofer

TORONTO – Anthony Davis tried to put himself in position to play in Friday’s game vs. Toronto, but will miss a second straight game, according to Alvin Gentry.

“Anthony tried,” Gentry said. “He won’t go tonight. It’s not worth the risk. He’s not feeling great.”

Asked if Davis (right hip contusion) is close to a return, Gentry said, “I hate to speculate either way. He’ll continue to work. When he feels like he can play, I don’t have any doubt that he’ll be back out there as soon as he possibly can.”

New Orleans (1-7) next plays Sunday afternoon at New York, followed by a mid-week back-to-back Tuesday and Wednesday vs. Denver and at Oklahoma City.

Other notes from pregame at Air Canada Centre:

  • Perhaps getting an early start on the holiday season, when asked who’s available or not available to play for the Pelicans, Gentry joked that his team’s long list of injured includes “Tyreke (Evans) and Norris (Cole) and Dancer and Prancer, Rudolph. Those guys are out.”
  • It’s fortunate that New Orleans was granted the injury hardship exemption to sign Jimmer Fredette, because it’s helping clear the Pelicans over double figures in terms of players available. New Orleans’ starting lineup Friday is tentatively listed as Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Luke Babbitt, Ryan Anderson and Omer Asik, with the six-man reserve group consisting of Alexis Ajinca, Dante Cunningham, Toney Douglas, Fredette, Alonzo Gee and Ish Smith.
  • DeMarre Carroll has been activated by the Raptors and will start. James Johnson had started in Carroll's place.

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