The injury came seemingly out of nowhere, and that's the part that worried Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans star expects to be back on the court Wednesday when New Orleans takes on the Rockets in Houston, returning from a one-game absence with a mysterious big toe sprain – turf toe, coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday – that came on out of nowhere last Saturday.
Davis was warming up for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves – "nobody was behind me or guarding me," he said – when he started to feel pain.
"It was just a simple routine I do, I've been doing for the past four years," Davis said. "Those are the scariest ones, when nobody's on you, you just get an injury."
Davis sat out the Minnesota game and didn't practice Monday, but he was back on the floor for Tuesday's practice and "seemed fine," Gentry said, participating without pain.
Davis has missed seven games this season to injury with a right hip contusion, a left shoulder injury, a back contusion, a concussion and now the toe issue.
"I think it probably scared him more than anything," Gentry said. "He was like, 'Here we go again.' Now that he understands exactly – it's just kind of turf toe – you just have to deal with it on a daily basis."