Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant guards Pelicans forward Anthony Davis on Tuesday in the Smoothie King Center.


New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said he will wear protective padding to protect his bruised chest during Tuesday night's game against the Utah Jazz at Smoothie King Center.

Davis was asked if he was pain-free four days after the injury occurred during the first quarter of Friday's home game against Cleveland.

“I'm not going to say that,” Davis said, referring to the pain. “I think I just wanted to get a practice in before I jumped back into the fire. It felt fine, so we're giving it a go in the game tonight.”

Davis came out of Friday's game grimacing and holding his chest at 5 minutes, 30 seconds of the first quarter. Coach Monty Williams said Davis told him he couldn't breathe.

Davis said he still doesn't know how the injury occurred.

He sat out Sunday's home game against Golden State. He participated in Tuesday morning's shoot-around practice, where he took a lot of outside shots.