Anthony Davis took it relatively light Monday.
The Pelicans forward got up some shots at least twice — some of them came on a pop-a-shot goal at Laser Tag and Games in Metairie — but he sat out practice as he deals with a sprained right big toe.
“Day to day,” Davis said at an event he hosted Monday for about 150 students from the East Jefferson YMCA, the monthly community event for his AD’s Flight Academy, saying that his toe feels “good.”
Davis didn’t elaborate on how he injured his toe — he was not available for interviews after Monday’s practice and wanted to keep the focus Monday night on the community event — but after missing Saturday’s home loss to the Timberwolves, he could be ready to play against the Rockets on Wednesday in Houston.
“We’re expecting him to play,” coach Alvin Gentry said after Monday’s practice. “We obviously kept him out of practice today, but it everything seems to be OK. It’ll be a game-time decision, but I’m anticipating him playing.”
New Orleans is 1-6 in games Davis missed this season. The 6-foot-10 forward leads the Pelicans in scoring (24.1 points per game, eighth in the NBA), rebounding (10.2, ninth in the league) and blocked shots (2.2, third in the NBA). He’s one of two players in the league, along with the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Davis shot jumpers after practice and appeared to elevate normally. He didn’t move around much, however, and Gentry said the Pelicans have to “make sure he can run up and down” the court before they know if he can be ready to play Wednesday.
He didn’t have to do much moving Monday night at Laser Tag and Games, but he strolled through a the center of two lines of kids giving low-fives. He watched a group of kids slam into each other on bumper cars, fired a few shots with a plastic rifle at a “Terminator Salvation” video game, then launched a shot or two at a pop-a-shot that he said he planned to visit again later.
Last year at the same event, Davis got a 99, then was told Chris Paul once had scored a 102 during his Hornets days.
“I don’t think that’s possible,” Davis said. “I think it only goes to 99. If it is, I’m going to try to beat that.”
He said he’ll also try to play Wednesday. Whether he’ll return to practice Tuesday is up for debate.
“We’ll see after tonight how he feels, and obviously he’ll get more treatment on it. And we’ll see (Tuesday) and just go from there,” Gentry said. “It’s crazy to put him out there. If he can play and not practice (Tuesday), he won’t practice (Tuesday), if it has any bearings on him playing or not.”