MINNEAPOLIS — A finger injury halted the Anthony Davis show, at least for one game.
The Pelicans forward missed Wednesday’s 88-77 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves with a dislocated left index finger, an injury suffered late in the Pelicans’ win over Cleveland on Tuesday.
“He went out and his finger was sore,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said before the game. “Ish (Pelicans athletic trainer Jon Ishop) came in and told me, and it just makes sense. We could’ve held him out last night, but he was so adamant about playing, I let him go. Now we have to be his brains. Make sure he doesn’t hurt his finger more.”
Williams said Davis should be ready for the Pelicans’ next game on Saturday against Chicago.
Davis scored 30 points and blocked eight shots against Cleveland on Tuesday. In a win over Orlando on Sunday, Davis grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, scored 22 points and blocked seven more shots.
Over his last 10 games, Davis has averaged 23.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks. His surge has helped the Pelicans win four of their last five games and could result in the 20-year-old’s first All-Star selection in just his second season.
“We’re not asking anybody to turn the TV off because we don’t have Anthony,” Williams said. “Other guys have a chance to go out there and play. We’re going to go out and compete tonight.”
The Wolves also played without one of their key players and potential All-Star, center Nikola Pekovic (ankle).
“It seems to be happening a lot throughout the league,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. “A lot of key guys are going down.”