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Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson Injury Timetables

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain. An MRI conducted by the team’s medical staff this morning confirmed the right shoulder sprain. The injury occurred at the 3:38 mark of the first quarter in last night’s game against the Miami HEAT. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.

Additionally, Ryan Anderson underwent an MRI this morning and has been diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee. The injury took place at the 9:41 mark during the second quarter of last night’s game against the Miami HEAT. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

When two of a team's better players are suddenly slated to miss games during a playoff run, it's never a good thing. However, in the grand scheme of things, it could have been exponentially worse. Thankfully, Anthony Davis didn't suffer any structural damage and Ryan Anderson's tear in his MCL wasn't serious enough to require surgery. Trust me guys, this is fantastic news.

However, if Anthony Davis misses the full two weeks, the Pelicans will have to play the next 8 games without one of the league's MVP candidates, their sixth man AND Jrue Holiday. Talk about tall orders.

Given the opponent, look for Alexis Ajinca to get plenty of run against larger teams and Dante Cunningham against regular and smaller sized squads. Also, it wouldn't be surprising to see Luke Babbitt see time at both forward spots to make up for Anderson's missing three-point prowess.