SAN ANTONIO — An ankle injury will keep Anthony Davis from playing against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
That’s the bad news for the New Orleans Pelicans. The good news is the injury to Davis’ left ankle is not considered serious.
“It’s a joint/soft tissue injury right now,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “He did it in his normal routine. He’s listed as day-to-day. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Davis played only 3:43 of the Pelicans’ home game against the Utah Jazz on Friday night before suffering the injury.
“I was constantly looking down to the bench to see if he was back,” Williams said. “Once the guys came out and told me he wasn’t going to play anymore that night, I was good to go. We just had to regroup and make our adjustments from a rotation standpoint.”
With Davis out, Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 15 assists and Anthony Morrow added 20 points to lead New Orleans a 102-95 victory.
It was New Orleans’ fifth straight victory despite a growing injury list.
The Pelicans were already without Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday, Jason Smith and Brian Roberts before Davis’ injury.
Williams said Roberts is expected to play limited minutes Saturday after missing the past two games with a left knee bone bruise.
Alexis Ajinca will start in Davis’ absence, but his 27th start of the season could be a brief one.
“San Antonio does a number of different things in a back-to back, so we’re going to wait to see,” Williams aid. “If they make some changes, we may adjust, but right now Alexis is going play that spot.”
Not having Davis will be tough with New Orleans facing one of the game’s greatest power forwards in Duncan. Williams said it would be a tough task regardless given how well San Antonio is playing.
The Spurs have won 16 straight after defeating the Nuggets 133-102 on Friday night in Denver.
“It’s tough to prepare for them anyway because of their ball movement and experience,” Williams said. “But you still have to go forward with your plan. I’m not going to wait ‘til the last minute to put our lineups in. We’ll change if we have to after a couple of possessions.”