Anthony Davis was held out of the second half of the New Orleans Pelicans’ 117-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday with what New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry described as a sore left knee. “There’s no reason for us to take any kind of chances with him right now,” Gentry said. “So that’s why we just held him out. I didn’t think it made sense to try to stick him back out there and play in the situation that we’re in right now.
Mark Berman: Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis is fine. He'll play tonight for the Pelicans against the #Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will play Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets after clearing the NBA's concussion protocol, Davis left the Pelicans' 112-111 loss to Houston on Monday after his head collided with teammate Tyreke Evans' elbow in the second quarter. He was sidelined for just one game, a nine-point win over Sacramento.
Brett Dawson: Pelicans officially say Anthony Davis is out vs. Clippers today. Quincy Pondexter, too, of course.
The Pelicans officially listed Davis as questionable to play for the game that will tip off 2:30 p.m. central. ''Obviously, he's just really sore,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said after Saturday 's practice.''There's nothing there that's (structurally) damaged just a bruise. We'll just how to see how he feels. He fell really hard and hit on a piece of a chair that got him pretty good really. He took out a whole row there. We'll see how it goes.''
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis bruised his lower back diving into the stands during New Orleans' game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Davis left the game and never returned.
The Pelicans will face the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday before heading back to New Orleans to host the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Gentry said Davis’s status for the Jazz game will be determined after further testing on Saturday. “We don’t know,” Gentry said of Davis. “It’s something that will have to be looked at [Saturday].”
January 31, 2023 | 4:33 am EST Update
Sacramento is said to be monitoring the availability of Philadelphia’s Matisse Thybulle as the Kings, unexpectedly holding the West’s No. 3 seed after a league-record 16 consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, ponder the pursuit of a more defensive-minded option on the perimeter.
As Kyrie Irving’s agent and stepmother Shetellia Riley Irving told my podcast partner Chris Haynes in a Bleacher Report story last week, Irving hopes to sign a contract extension with the Nets — but substantive talks between the sides have yet to begin. Some league observers have posited that this could be by design on Brooklyn’s part, with the Nets apparently convinced that they are under no pressure to move swiftly on the extension front when Irving would likely need their help via sign-and-trade to relocate in the offseason to any other team he likes.
Teams like the Los Angeles Clippers would like to improve at that position, with John Wall apparently available. The Orlando Magic have eyes on a quality veteran like VanVleet, per sources. The Dallas Mavericks are still looking for a Jalen Brunson replacement. The Washington Wizards don’t have a true answer at the point.
The Lakers are fighting to climb into the top 10 in the Western Conference. While coach Darvin Ham has found a viable role for Westbrook off the bench, the franchise does have concerns about his playoff viability, per multiple sources.
Despite changes at the very top, the team is expected to make more significant changes after the season, but sources say the team has come to terms with the likelihood that Paul is starting to decline (38 years old in May). Even if he can bring it for another postseason, the Suns need to find a long-term replacement.