TORONTO — The New Orleans Pelicans collected a 95-93 victory against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and did so without their best player. Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left toe. Davis sustained the injury in New Orleans’ 105-94 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Pelicans coach Monty Williams didn’t seem concerned, but stressed the importance of allowing it to heal to prevent Davis from reaggravating it.
“It’s a nagging type of deal,” Williams said. “It’s one of those things that feels good but the more you run on it, it starts to come back. If you make the wrong move you can do damage to it. We want it to get as strong as it can and heal as much as it can before we put him out there and he’s going full bore. He only plays one way. For him to play that way, he’s got to be close to 100 percent.”
Williams said Davis is feeling better, but there is still soreness in the injured toe. Having dealt with injuries all season doesn’t make it easier for a young team trying to learn consistency, particularly when it is playing without Davis and his 24.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.
“It’s tough,” Tyreke Evans said. “I mean, I think guys on this team, everybody’s selfless but, just, it can be frustrating for guys not knowing what the lineup’s going to be every night and coming to play. But that’s part of the NBA. You gotta be ready. I think we’ve just got to figure it out. When guys get healthy, it’s just let’s try to get rolling.”
Williams didn’t disagree with Evans’ assessment.
“The health of our team has put a bit of a monkey wrench in our growth,” Williams said. “What I’m trying to get our team to understand is our style can’t change. No matter who is on the floor. That’s part of the process, too.”
Veteran Ryan Anderson pointed to the youth of the team as a reason why it has been difficult to string victories together through constantlychanging lineups.
“We’ll lose a game and then we’ll win a big game like this,” Anderson said. “We just need to string a few together. Obviously getting everybody back healthy is key, but we just need to string a few together, we need to play like (the way we did against the Raptors), play consistent and fight through that adversity.”
The Pelicans finish their five-game road trip in New York when they take on the Knicks on Monday.