Anthony Davis Injures Ankle, Leaving 2nd Straight Game Early
- Author: Jon Douglas Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 1:20
New Orleans Pelicans are hoping Anthony Davis' time on the sidelines will not be too long, after the All-Star forward rolled his ankle in Wednesday night's (March 7) win over the Kings.
His offensive surge has fueled the Pelicans' high-octane attack, and opposing teams still haven't figured out how to slow him down.
Despite Davis' recent ailments, he's been phenomenal during the Pelicans' winning streak and he's forced his way into the MVP discussion with the historic performances he's been putting up on nearly a nightly basis.
If Davis doesn't play, the Wizards' chances in this game will be exponentially higher, but even if he doesn't the Pelicans will still get over the line. He's led the Rockets to a National Basketball Association best 51-13 record and a league-high 17-game winning streak while averaging 30.9 points, 8.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 0.7 blocks. Guard Jrue Holiday also has stepped up, flashing his aggressiveness to post up lighter and smaller guards close to the basket.
The Pelicans lost DeMarcus Cousins to an Achilles injury January 26 and traded away key role players in Dante Cunningham and Jameer Nelson. If it were not for the Pelicans coming off an intense game against the Los Angeles Clippers last night and Anthony Davis leaving the game early, this contest probably would have been a blowout. Despite 30 points and seven assists from Bradley Beal, Washington conceded a nine-point half-time lead and were forced to play an extra five minutes of game time.
Otto Porter Jr. was injured at the end of Tuesday's game against the Heat and was listed as day-to-day at Wednesday's practice. Nikola Mirotic was the game's leading scorer with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Ultimately, giving the Pelicans the confidence to win 10 straight games. When All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins went down against the Houston Rockets on January 26, the playoffs were looking to be nothing but a slim chance. "We've just got to slow them down and get two road wins".