New Orleans Pelicans Star center Anthony Davis is expected to miss up to two weeks of action after suffering a left index finger sprain during a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
The player had an X-ray done right after the game and it came back negative, but the Pels are set to be without him for a while.
"New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis sustained a left index finger sprain," the Pelicans announced via their official website on Saturday. "The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s game at Portland. Davis is expected to be out approximately 1-2 weeks."
The Pelicans, who are due to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, will re-evaluate the injury in a few days to determine whether or not the player needs to visit a hand specialist for advice, according to The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania.
The center, now one of the most sought-after players in the NBA, has been on a tear this season, averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest. Undoubtedly the most potent player in a Pelicans uniform right now, Davis had been trying his best to carry the struggling Western Conference outfit before falling victim to this latest injury.
The Pelicans are sitting in the 12th spot in the conference standings and this development comes as a huge blow. They will hope to have the player back on the court as early as possible, given how grave things could get during his absence.
What This Means
The Pels have quite the tough stretch ahead. After playing the Grizzlies on Monday, they will have to face the Detroit Pistons, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs (twice), the Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets, and the Indiana Pacers, all possibly before Davis returns.
Their 21-25 record is unlikely to improve or go above .500 during this stretch. But the team will look to the likes of Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic to help fill their Davis-sized void.