New Orleans Pelicans All Star center Anthony Davis could miss multiple weeks due to a fractured left index finger, according to multiple reports.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania says that Davis will see a hand specialist but the fear is that he has “a volar plate avulsion fracture.” In other words, the Pelicans will be without AD for two-to-four weeks if the injury is confirmed.
In 41 games this season, the 25-year old Davis is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds and assists with 29.3, 13.3 and 4.4, respectively. Additionally, he is averaging 2.6 blocks per night.
Despite Davis’ dominant individual performance, the Pelicans are still just 22-25 on the season, three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Needless to say, New Orleans can’t afford to lose any ground in the playoff race.
In six games without AD in the lineup this season the Pels are 2-4, and they’ll need to lean on Jahlil Okafor as the starting center until Davis his healthy. That said, Okafor posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 105-85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
Up next for the Pelicans is a home game tonight against the Detroit Pistons, followed by a tough stretch of games against playoff teams, including the Thunder, Spurs (twice), Rockets, Nuggets and Pacers.