NEW YORK – Anthony Davis returns to the floor today.
After missing consecutive games due to a contusion in his right hip, New Orleans Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will play at 11 a.m. against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
Davis won’t have a minutes restriction and Gentry said there isn’t and abundance of pain to play through, but he’d like to avoid playing Davis for prolonged stretches that last more than a quarter.
“There’s probably a little pain there from when he got kneed and had a bruise there, so you’re going to have a little bit of pain,” Gentry said prior to Sunday’s tipoff. “I think he’s fine.”
Davis was injured in the second quarter of the Pelicans’ 120-105 victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday. He was sidelined for two road losses at Atlanta and Toronto, where New Orleans was outscored in the second half by an average of 20 points in the second half.
He was listed as “doubtful” on the injury report in the two losses, before it was determined he couldn’t participate. Davis entered Sunday as “questionable”.
“(Davis’ hip) was just so stiff the other day that it wasn’t worth taking the chance,” Gentry said. “I think he feels good today. He wanted to give it a shot. Obviously, there’s a little bit of pain there but he can play past that.”
Gentry said he wasn’t initially certain about the severity of the injury.
“It’s so hard with those kind of injuries to know,” Gentry said. “It’s a bruise situation and sometime you can play the very next day and sometimes it takes two or three games before you can get back. I think he’s fine, but we’ll see when he gets on the court.”