Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis holds his forehead after getting hit by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Denver. Davis left the game. The Nuggets won 146-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ORG XMIT: CODZ113

David Zalubowski

Anthony Davis was carried off of the court due to a left groin injury suffered in the opening minute of the fourth quarter during Friday’s 114-108 loss to the Utah Jazz.

The New Orleans Pelicans’ All-NBA forward went down in a heap after receiving slight hip-check contact by Derrick Favors on the low block. The play went on for nearly 20 seconds as Davis laid on the floor, clutching the left side of his midsection/upper thigh.

Eventually play stopped and trainers tended to Davis, trying to get him on his feet as he writhed in pain for several minutes under the basket. The 6-foot-10 superstar displayed, via body language, he was unable to stand up on his own.

The Pelicans medical staff and a handful of teammates came across the floor to carry him off, as Davis put no weight at all on his left side. He was taken to the locker room on a wheelchair, according to several sources.

Davis tallied a team-best 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first 32 minutes, before being forced out of the game. Without him, New Orleans failed to contain the Jazz offense, allowing rookie Donovan Mitchell to score 41 points, sending the Pelicans to its third straight loss.

It’s the second game Davis has been forced to leave early this season due to injury, joining an Oct. 24 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He was also sidelined for one additional game with that knee ailment.

New Orleans plays again in Portland at 9 p.m. on Saturday night.