In need of positive injury-related news regarding superstar forward Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans received some Monday.
Davis, whose injury history is well known and documented, was unable to walk off the Utah Jazz's floor under his own power Friday and has since needed multiple days following a pelvis/groin injury against the Jazz to assess the severity of his ailment.
Davis missed Saturday's game at Portland and will not play Monday against the Golden State Warriors after his injury was reclassified as a left adductor strain on Monday. The four-time All-Star is listed as day-to-day after an MRI revealed no structural damage, the team announced Monday morning.
Davis received inconclusive MRI results on Saturday at Portland. In need of further, more revealing results following the Pelicans' 123-116 win at the Trail Blazers, Davis required an additional examination once the team returned to New Orleans on Sunday. According to league sources, Davis is "highly unlikely" to miss an extended period of time — the best-case scenario following the days-long testing the star's injury required.
The All-NBA forward has missed two games this season with injuries (one knee, one pelvis) prior to Monday's news.
As for Davis’ injury history — add this newest hip-related ailment to the lengthy list.
Davis has played in 70 games once in five full-length NBA seasons. The 6-foot-10 wunderkind from Kentucky appeared in 75 games in 2016-17, his healthiest season to date. Davis, however, has played in at least 60 games each season.
Before the injury, Davis averaged 25.2 points per game this season on 57.3 percent shooting from the field, two of the NBA’s 10 best marks in each category. He also contributed 34.9 minutes per game as one of the NBA’s highest-used players, and 11.0 rebounds per game.
Davis, though, has battled different injuries throughout this season, including minor knee swelling in October (MRI results revealed no structural damage then, too) and then a concussion-turned-orbital bone bruise above his right eye in November.
He even exited 12 games during the 2016-17 season because of a rash of injuries, during which the Pelicans went 5-7, ranging from a sprained thumb to lower back troubles.