Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis (groin) to play in Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) high fives New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) in a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans, La. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony said he'll play in Monday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks at Smoothie King Center.

Davis had a left sprained groin and had missed the previous game, a 108-103 home victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. He was injured near the end of the third quarter in the game before that, against the Denver Nuggets.
“I feel good,” Davis said after Monday morning's shoot-around practice. “We have great trainers who know what they're doing to get me back on the floor. So, I'm going to try and give it a go tonight. I'm ready to go.”
Davis had been receiving electronic stimulation and other treatment, and he returned to practice Sunday. The team had an off day Saturday.
Coach Monty Williams had said he would not allow Davis to play unless he saw that “he had that burst and can play like AD.” Davis, who participated at shoot-around, said he went through a protocol that helped him arrive at his decision.
“Just being able to move, being able to playing how I play, doing some of the things I do,” he said. “I really didn't see that (in preparation for) the Clippers. For a couple of days, I've been working with the trainers, just trying to get back right.”
As far as “that burst” Williams would like to see, Davis said “We'll see.”
“I haven't played, so I'm not sure,” he said. “I feel that I'm ready to go out there, so do the trainers and the doctors. So, I'm going to give it a go tonight.
“(Saturday) I kind of did some things that really didn't affect (the injury. Then, I went to practice (Sunday) and felt good.”
Davis is averaging 24.3 points, third in the NBA, 10.4 rebounds and leads the league at 2.86 blocks per game. He said it was important he felt sure he was healed and there was little chance of a re-injury and resulting setback.
“You don't want to have second thoughts going through your head, especially when you're playing against a team like this,” he said. “If you're going to be on the floor, you have to go out there and give it your all.
“I don't want to go out there playing scared and playing like I don't want to get re-injured. If it happens, it happens. But right now, I'm focused on this win and going out there and doing what I have to do.”
The Hawks (40-8) have the best record in the NBA, are on a league-high 19 game winnings streak and have a league-best 17-5 road record. Atlanta, who lead the Southeast Division of the Eastern, are 12-0 against members of the more competitive Western Conference.
The Pelicans (25-22) have won 12 games this season against teams currently in playoff positions. The latest was against the Clippers in an inspired performance with Davis sidelined. However, guard/forward Quincy Pondexter said he was good to have him back, particularly against the Hawks, who are difficult to match up against.
“(The Hawks) have won 19 in a row and have been playing some of the best basketball this league has seen in a while,” he said. “When you have AD on your team, you can match up pretty much against anyone.
“It's going to be good to have him back. He's able to be versatile and guard a (power forward) Mike Scott, guard (All-Star power forward) Paul Millsap and even (center) Al Horford. And, (Davis) is a matchup problem, too.
“It's going to be fun to have him back.”