Tuesday NBA Roundup: All Hope May Not Be Lost for Anthony Davis, Pelicans

November 22nd, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Breathe deep and exhale, New Orleans Pelicans fans. 

Anthony Davis, who exited the team's 112-94 blowout victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, is just fine. The big man left with a right knee injury after diving into the stands for a loose ball, but he came back during the fourth quarter to finish with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

Per the team's official PR feed, his malady is nothing more than a contusion, offering hope he could be on the floor Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves to complete the pre-Thanksgiving back-to-back:

Even while playing without its star, New Orleans' lead hovered around 30 points for much of the night. And that, in addition to Davis' avoidance of a major injury, is reason for bayou optimism.

After all, the Hawks entered the contest ranked No. 3 in NBA Math's team rating, playing well enough to rank in the 95th percentile among all historical squads. Sustainable or not, they were no mere pushover. 

Heading into Tuesday night, the Pelicans were already headed in the r ...

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