New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis, who has a Grade 1 left groin pull, will not play in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Monty Williams said.
Davis was injured in Wednesday’s game against Denver at the Smoothie King Center, and Williams had said Thursday he would not allow Davis to play if he did not have his normal burst.
“He was like ‘Coach, I’m good,’ ” Williams said 1½ hours before the game. “I said, ‘It’s not going to happen.’ ”
“He has some soreness. This morning at shoot-around, he tried to work out, and we didn’t like what we saw. So, we have to be his brains. We feel like a few more days rest will help him for the next game.”
The Pelicans play the Atlanta Hawks at the Smoothie King Center on Monday. Missing Friday’s game will give Davis four days rest before that game. Rest is key in the healing of groin injuries, which can become worse without the proper time off.
Davis had said after the shoot-around that he would do everything he could to play. He had been using an electronic stimulating device and receiving treatment from the Pelicans’ training staff, but said it was up to head trainer Duane Brooks on whether he would play.
Davis has had 48 hours of cold and electrical therapy and is now switching to a heat regimen, said Jennifer Hale, Fox Sports sideline reporter.
Davis said pain nor tightness in the groin is not so much the issue as is soreness, but that he wasn’t sure if he could play. He was to tests the injury before the game.
In other injury news for tonight’s game, J.J. Reddick (back spasms) has been cleared to play by the Clippers.