Power forward diagnosed with shoulder sprain after taking spill in Dallas
New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis has a sprained left shoulder, and his status is day-to-day concerning his return, the team said.
Davis, who injured the shoulder in Wednesday’s game at Dallas, was evaluated by doctors Thursday.
“When you play as hard as AD and these guys who get after it every single night, they’re going to have bumps and bruises,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “We have to let the doctors do their deal.”
The Pelicans play the Suns in Phoenix on Friday night, the second game of their five-game road trip and the first game of a back-to-back. The Pelicans play at the Los Angles Clippers on Saturday night.
Davis injured his shoulder during the second quarter against Dallas while battling Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert. Davis appeared to come down on Dalembert’s right shoulder.
Davis immediately grabbed his left arm. He was taken out of the game at the 4:13 mark and did not return. The Pelicans trailed just 37-35 at the time and went into halftime behind 49-43 in a game they lost 108-89. It was their fifth loss in a row.
This is the second time Davis has had a significant injury this season. The bone leading to the pinkie on his left hand was broken when he hit the hand on the rim trying to grab a lob against the New York Knicks during the fourth quarter Dec. 1. He missed seven games spanning 15 days.
On Jan. 29, he came out of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after dislocating his left index finger, but he returned for the next game three days later against the Chicago Bulls at the Smoothie King Center.
Last season, he missed 18 games with a concussion, ankle, shoulder and knee injuries.
He wore a harness on the shoulder when he returned.
Davis leads the team in scoring at 20.2 points per game, rebounding at 10.2 and blocked shots at 3.02, which leads the NBA. The Pelicans are without three of their top four scorers, with Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday out injured indefinitely.