New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis said it will be a game-time decision whether he plays Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons at Smoothie King Center.
Davis said his sprained right shoulder feels heeled and he is ready to go, pending the decision of the team's trainers.
“It feels better,” he said after Wednesday morning's shoot-around practice. “I'm going to come back, work out, get more treatment and see how it feels prior to game time.”
Davis was swishing 18-foot jump shots from near the key and the corner during shoot-around. He said the shoulder began to feel much better about two to three days ago.
“I've been getting treatment, getting back strong, so this is going to be it,” he said.
Davis has been getting electronic stimulation and ice treatment on the shoulder, as well as massages and strengthening exercises, he said.
On Tuesday, a scheduled off day, the Pelicans had what was described as a full-contact practice.
“There was some contact (in practice),” he said. “It wasn't near what contact will be like in a game situation, enough to test it out.”
Davis said the issue is whether he can be confident and comfortable in returning.
“The first game I came back, I re-injured it,” he said. “So, that's the biggest thing, if I'm confident enough to go back out there. When you step on the floor, you're expected to play.”
Davis, an All-Star starter, re-injured the shoulder during the first quarter of the Pelicans' game at Miami on Feb. 21, the first-game after the All-Star break. The team said then he would miss one to two weeks. He had missed the entire week of play before the game and didn't play in it after initially hurting it during a fall against Chicago on Feb. 7.
Meanwhile, starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who has a stress reaction in his right lower leg and has been out since Jan. 14, said he no longer has to wear the walking boot on that he's had for about three weeks.
Holiday was expected to be evaluated by doctors in about two weeks, but said he was to have the leg Wednesday, with the boot coming off.
Holiday missed the final 48 games of last season with a stress fracture in the same area of the right leg, but maintains that this season's injury and last season's injury are different.
"Last year, I had a crack in my leg," he said. "This is just about decreasing the pain and swelling. There's still some in there. It's about taking your time and making sure it's all gone."
With Holiday out, the Pelicans have gone 14-9 with Tyreke Evans flourishing while starting at point guard. Evens began the season at small forward then switched to shooting guard when Eric Gordon was injured on Nov. 22, only to go to point guard, which is his more natural position, after Holiday was injured on Jan. 12 at Boston.