Davis expected to start for Pelicans

VIDEO: Anthony Davis injures knee on Friday night at the Clippers.

In an already injury-plagued season for the Pelicans, it was a hold-your-breath moment when Anthony Davis had to be helped off the floor with a knee injury Friday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

But now the team has listed Davis in the probable starting lineup for Saturday night’s game in Utah.

Pelicans medical staff checked with the All-Star forward after he limped to the bench and did not schedule additional testing. Davis was diagnosed with a bruised right knee as the result of a collision with the Clippers’ Chris Paul in the third quarter. He went to the locker room and did not return to the game.

When the Pelicans released the projected starting lineup for the game with the Jazz, Davis was in his usual spot at power forward along with small forward Alonzo Gee, center Omer Asik and guards Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday.

The Pelicans’ Tyreke Evans (injured knee) is listed as doubtful.


  1. Anthony Davis and his Pelicans will never be contenders as long as they never have the opportunity to have consistent good health. How many player rotations have they had due to injuries? This effects chemistry and momentum. I also think the coach will be fired by the end of the season, if not by All-Star weekend. This team really stinks and I thought they would do better, not even sure now, if they will make playoffs. Utah looks better than them at this point.

  2. Chuck says:

    But it doesn’t make a difference, at least until Tyreke gets back. Demps is such a poor judge of building a roster, paying that stiff Asik so much money and having no athleticism up front except for AD.