Anthony Davis got back on the court Saturday for the Pelicans.
He’s hoping for a change that he’ll be healthy again when he represents his team at NBA All-Star weekend Feb. 12-14 in Toronto.
Davis had 20 points and 16 rebounds in Saturday’s 105-103 win against Brooklyn, his return to action after a one-game absence for a concussion. Last Thursday, as he sat out against the Kings, he learned he’d been named a reserve for the Feb. 14 All-Star Game.
On Saturday, Davis said he also plans to participate in the Skills Challenge on Feb. 13, which this season will feature big men as well as guards.
“I’m excited,” Davis said. “My third time in four years. I’m happy for everyone in New Orleans and my family. Hopefully this time I get to play a lot more than I did my first time, my first selection.”
Davis was voted into the All-Star Game as a starter last season but was forced to sit out with a shoulder injury. He was named a reserve in 2014 and scored 10 points in nine minutes.
“Just to be on the floor with other great players is going to be fun,” Davis said.
There was an energetic crowd at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, but not a full house.
That’s been the norm for the Pelicans this season.
New Orleans played the sixth game of its seven-game home stand on Saturday night against Brooklyn in front of a crowd announced as a sellout, with 18,037 fans. And though the Pelicans are averaging an announced attendance of 16,603 fans per home game this season, the empty seats tell a different story.
Still, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is convinced the city’s fans ultimately will turn up in bigger numbers. He saw glimpses of the New Orleans fandom at its best last season, when he was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors for a first-round playoff series at the Smoothie King Center.
“Obviously we have a lot to do with that,” Gentry said. “I think we’ve got great fans here. If you want to have great fans and fill the building up, you’ve got to do well on the court. Every game that we play better and we win and we’re able to show that we’re a fun team to watch, then I think you get more people in the stands.”
Though Davis was back in action on Saturday, the Pelicans were without guard Tyreke Evans for the second straight game.
Evans is dealing with tendinitis in the surgically repaired right knee that forced him to miss the first 17 games of the season.
In Evans’ absence, the Pelicans started rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones for the second straight game.