The New Orleans Pelicans have upgraded superstar forward Anthony Davis from doubtful to questionable for Friday’s 7 p.m. game against the Sacramento Kings, the team announced Thursday morning.
Davis missed his third consecutive game in Wednesday’s 123-114 win versus the Denver Nuggets with a strained left adductor, which he suffered Dec. 1 at the Utah Jazz — one week prior to Friday's tip.
Davis has missed four games this season with injuries (one knee, three adductor-related) and his injury remains day-to-day. Davis was listed as doubtful prior to Wednesday's game, but was ruled out by coach Alvin Gentry a few hours before tipoff.
“We’ll just work him out, rehab it and see where he is every day," Gentry said Monday regarding a timetable for Davis’ injury. "Hopefully, we hope sooner rather than later, but we’re still not going to take any chances with that.
“When it’s a non-contact injury, you always worry about the severity of it. The fact that it wasn’t … we all had everything crossed that we owned. The fact that he’s going to hopefully be able to play soon is refreshing to us.”
Alexis Ajinca successful surgery update
The Pelicans also announced Thursday afternoon that center Alexis Ajinca underwent successful surgery on his right patellar tendon Wednesday in Chicago. A typical timetable to return to play following the surgery is 4-6 months, according to a news release.
"It’s been a tough one, but I'll bounce back soon!" Ajince wrote in a post on Twitter on Thursday afternoon. "I appreciate my teammates and fans having my back. Just know I’ll continue to help my team in whatever way that I can. Can’t wait to be back!"
Ajinca was originally slated to miss 4-6 weeks, beginning in late October, following bilateral knee injections performed late in the month.
Ajinca's updated injury status sets him to return at a time between early April to June, possibly missing the entirety of the 2017-18 season. New Orleans' final regular season game is scheduled for April 11 against San Antonio.
The 7-foot-2, 29-year-old center has yet to make an appearance in a game this season and will be entering the final year of his four-year, $20 million contract next season.