Pelicans star Anthony Davis out of practice Monday; team expects him to play Wednesday in Houston _lowres

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: NYOTK


With a three-day break between games, the Pelicans can afford to take it easy with Anthony Davis.

But the team anticipates its star will return Wednesday in Houston after missing last Saturday's game with a sprained right big toe.

"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."

Davis was at practice on Monday and got up jump shots afterward. Gentry said the Pelicans have to "make sure he can run up and down" the court, which Gentry anticipates him doing.

The Pelicans, who are 1-6 this season in games Davis doesn't play, will practice again on Tuesday before departing for Houston, but whether Davis will participate is uncertain.

"We'll see after tonight how he feels, and obviously he'll get more treatment on it and we'll see tomorrow and just go from there," Gentry said. "It's crazy to put him out there. If he can play and not practice tomorrow, he won't practice tomorrow, if it has any bearings on him playing or not."