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Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Sam Amick: After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.
Despite Anthony Davis being listed as questionable headed into Wednesday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team plans to sit the five-time All-Star center until after Thursday's trade deadline. "He is [available], but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said. "I think everybody can understand that."
"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the backburner, and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up [after Davis is traded], at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be. It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."
Erik Horne: Pelicans coming into Oklahoma City battling injuries. No Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain), Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), E'Twaun Moore (rest), or Julius Randle (right ankle sprain). Randle, who's killed the Thunder this season, was ruled out just minutes ago.
Jennifer Hale: The @PelicansNBA Anthony Davis tried hard to play tonight: he was at shoot around, came to the arena tonight, his family is here. This stomach bug, which has affected other teams members too, made it impossible to get on the court tonight. #MINvsNOP
Scott Souza: #Pelicans Anthony Davis will play tonight; no restrictions.
Jim Eichenhofer: Julius Randle postgame radio with @995WRNO, on Anthony Davis scoring 6 pts but blocking 5 shots in 26 minutes: “He was hurt, so it took away from his aggression (on offense), but for him to have that type of impact on the defensive end, it really propelled us to the win.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on Anthony Davis (hip) status for Monday at Boston: “It will be evaluated later. A lot of times it’s the next day where the pain is. We’ll have to wait and see. If he’s not ready to go, we’re not going to press the issue - not less than 30 games into the season.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis was struck in the hip in a collision with Blake Griffin and walked gingerly to bench. During this timeout, he is headed with trainer to #Pelicans locker room
Rod Beard: #Pelicans Anthony Davis (right hip) is questionable to return after the big collision with #Pistons Blake Griffin.
Gary Washburn: Anthony Davis will play, according to #Pelicans
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told reporters that he plans to play Monday night against the Boston Celtics after missing Saturday's loss to the Wizards with a right hip strain. "That's my plan," Davis told reporters after the team's shootaround Monday morning. "My plan is always to play. I have to get evaluated and see how it feels over this couple of hours before the game and go from there."
Tom Westerholm: Alvin Gentry says he believes Anthony Davis will play tonight (still doesn’t sound absolutely certain).
Kyle Draper: #Pelicans expect Anthony Davis to play tonight vs #Celtics. Davis tells me he’s fine. He missed the Pels last game with a strained right hip. Watch tonight on @NBCSBoston with a PreGame at 7pm #NBA pic.twitter.com/SjIuZ91Dig
For a second straight game, New Orleans will face a formidable Northwest Division foe Monday, again without the services of five-time All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Just prior to this morning’s shootaround in Colorado, Davis (right elbow sprain) was officially ruled out of a Western Conference meeting with the Denver Nuggets.
Davis’ status going forward is day-to-day, with New Orleans fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry saying, “He still has a sore elbow. We’re not going to take any chances six games into the season. When he feels better, we’ll play him.”
“We’ve got to do a little more,” said Jrue Holiday, who indicated that he expects to slide over to point guard in Monday’s game. “Rebounding, (without) his presence on the court, sometimes being a little more physical on the bigs. The guards, we have to crack back and keep those bigs off the boards.”
Scott Kushner: "He did it last night, but it was not even a factor until he got home. There was some soreness. Obviously we are not going to take any risk with that." - Alvin Gentry, on Anthony Davis' elbow injury, which sidelines him for tonight's game vs. Jazz.
Oleh Kosel: Regarding Anthony Davis, Alvin Gentry says he remains questionable. A determination will be made on his availabilty once he warms up.
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' right ankle is an issue for the #Pelicans star and that he probably wouldn't have remained in the Portland loss if not for the current situation in the West Standings. AD clearly playing through some pain.
Scott Kushner: Gentry confirmed AD "tried it" warming up on sprained ankle. He won't say AD's officially out "until there's about 40 secs left on the clock". Gentry is "optimistic" Davis will be back by Sunday. "I don't think think it's that big of a deal. It's a sprained ankle. It'll be OK."
For the second straight night, Davis was forced to leave his team's game with an injury. He exited Wednesday night's contest at the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle after grabbing a rebound. The Pelicans announced that X-rays taken were negative, but Davis did not return in the team's 114-101 win -- New Orleans' 10th straight victory. Coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will get an MRI on Thursday when the team returns home.
"Won't know anything until tomorrow," Gentry said. "They took X-rays but couldn't really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we'll go back home, and I'm sure he'll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow, and we'll have more information."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry is “under the assumption” Anthony Davis (ankle) will play tonight. Not expected to have a minutes restriction if he’s able to go.
New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that star forward Anthony Davis will miss Wednesday's road tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he hopes that Davis' absence will be a short one.
Will Guillory: Pelicans announce Anthony Davis will play tonight, Rajon Rondo (rest) will sit. Ian Clark starts in his place
Jake Madison: Gentry says the plan with Anthony Davis is to work him out and reevaluate each day. Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later
New Orleans Pelicans‏: Injury Update: Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a left adductor strain. An MRI and further examination revealed no structural damage. Davis will miss tonight’s game against the Warriors and is listed as day-to-day going forward #Pelicans
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In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”
Durant is 25 of 45 in the 10- to 14-foot range in these playoffs. No other player has made more than 17 playoff jumpers in that zone. Durant is 17 of 32 from the 15- to 19-foot range. No other player has made more than 12 playoff jumpers in that zone. Who is that next player? Devin Booker. He’s not quite Durant, from a potency or accuracy standpoint. But he’s the closest thing the NBA has to Durant right now. Booker is 17 of 33 in that 10- to 14-foot range and 12 of 26 in that 15- to 19-foot range. Combine both zones and Durant has made 42, Booker has made 29 and Kawhi Leonard has made 24 in these playoffs. That’s one, two, three in the rankings. Decent company for Phoenix’s rising three-level scorer.
Paul’s stabilizing presence has been a huge reason why the Suns are a game away from ending Denver’s season. He has scored 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, with eight assists and no turnovers combined in the three fourth quarters in this series, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. “We just got to make it more difficult on him,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris said. “He’s a Hall of Fame point guard, top five easily, still playing in the NBA. … He’s getting everybody involved. CP is a tough cover for anybody, but we have to just stick to our game plan and try to execute it the best way we can.