Anthony Davis' most recent injury does not appear to be serious whatsoever.
The All-NBA forward did not miss a game after suffering a head injury in the third quarter of Friday's game at Denver. Davis made his 16th start Monday against Oklahoma City at the Smoothie King Center without any injury-related limitations.
"Obviously, he's going to have some soreness in his face, but that's about it," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game.
In his first media appearance since Friday's head injury, which the Pelicans later classified as a right orbital contusion rather than a concussion, Davis added to Gentry's assessment of his injury from Sunday: Davis' injury actually never was a concussion — the original injury diagnosis late Friday night.
"I'm good," Davis said.
Gentry said the team took precautions before clearing Davis.
“Everything else as far as a concussion is fine," the coach said Sunday. "They determined that he didn’t have a concussion. Then, he went through the normal protocol anyway. He’s fine."
In 15 games before Monday, Davis averaged 25.1 points per game (56.7 percent from the field) and 11.0 rebounds, the NBA's eighth-best mark in both categories.
Point guard Rajon Rondo participated Sunday in his first full Pelicans practice this season. One week after his season debut Nov. 13, Rondo said his health is improving after he missed New Orleans' first 13 games to recover from core muscle surgery in October.
"Yeah, it was good," Rondo said. "I enjoy practicing. It's been about six weeks since I've had one. I'm excited to get in and get some chemistry with my guys."
Rondo, who's gradually increased his minutes in three games this season from 4:56 on Nov. 13 to more than 25 minutes Friday at Denver, was expected to play roughly the same number of minutes (24-26) against the Thunder.
"I feel like I'm pretty good," Rondo said. "Continuing to work on my lateral movement and continuing to get better and stronger in my lower body ... My groin, I feel like it's getting better and better each day. That's all I can ask for."
The Pelicans transferred guard Charles Cooke and forward Jalen Jones to the Gatorade League's Greensboro Swarm for a second time this season, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Cooke has played in two games as a Pelican this season and Jones has played in three, including five minutes at Denver on Friday.