HOUSTON — Pelicans forward Anthony Davis looked close to full strength during a morning shootaround Thursday at the Toyota Center.
Davis, who leads the Pelicans with 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, said he is feeling much better after injuring his chest Dec. 12 against the Cavaliers.
“It feels fine. I’m not 100 percent right now, but it’s not going to stop me from playing,” Davis said. “I love the game of basketball, and I love being out there with my teammates. I’ll play through it.”
Davis will test his chest against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.
The Pelicans (12-12) hope to build off the momentum of winning two out of three on a recent homestand.
“We just play every game the same,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “Those games are over with, and we have to get ready for tonight and a tough opponent.
“We need to have a number of our guys play well in order to win and we have to play good defense.”
Anderson connecting from long distance
Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has made 16 of 32 3-pointers in the last three games, including 6 of 10 in Wednesday’s 119-111 win over Utah.
He has averaged 24.3 points in the past three games, also going 9 of 9 from the free-throw line in that span.
“I just want to shoot the ball with confidence every time, regardless of whether I’m shooting 10 percent or 50 percent,” Anderson said after Thursday’s shootaround.
“There are going to be moments when you go through bad shooting stretches and good ones. I just want to stay consistent with my focus and aggressiveness.”
Pelicans look to turn road woes around
New Orleans (12-12) enters Thursday’s game with a 4-9 road record, including losing five of its past six games away from home.
“We just need to do everything we do at home and bring it on the road with us,” Davis said. “We need to defend and just play better basketball on the road.”
Asik not talking about Houston
Pelicans center Omer Asik declined to talk about his return to Houston, where he had his best season two years ago.
Asik started and averaged double-figures in scoring and rebounds before the Rockets signed Dwight Howard at the start of last season.
“Omer was certainly a big part of what they did here, so I’m sure he wants to play well tonight,”Williams said.
Rockets coming off late night
The Rockets (19-5) returned to Houston around 4 a.m. Thursday morning after a 115-111 overtime victory in Denver. James Harden scored 41 points and had 10 assists in the win.
While New Orleans had Wednesday off, Anderson didn’t think the Rockets’ late night would give his team any advantage.
“That is a team that is high energy, and they play the same way every night,” Anderson said. “They have so many great scorers. They are going to just drink Red Bulls or whatever they can to be ready tonight to protect their home court.”
Tonight will be the division foes’ first meeting this season.
“It’s a great team for us, and it will be a great challenge,” Anderson said. “We are ready to go. We will go out and bring everything we have.”