“It feels good, feels good. I’ll be ready to play tomorrow,” said Davis after practice on Thursday.
This was far from a certainty just a few days ago after Davis rolled his ankle in the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers. Although he was able to finish that contest, Davis was clearly not operating at 100% following the injury, as he grimaced all too often whenever landing on his sore foot for the remainder of the game.
“I just wanted to be on the floor,” stated Davis. “I felt like I couldn’t leave that game. Even though it was bothering me, I tried to tough it out and just play through it.”
In some lighter news, Davis claimed he was going to soon check the results of a poll which asked the public about the idea of shaving his Unibrow.
Will AD shave the brow? pic.twitter.com/x5I75kIVXm— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 29, 2018
With April Fool’s Day right around the corner and Davis having partnered with Red Bull in the past to produce sarcastic material, don’t be surprised if Davis’ trademarked Unibrow survives this scare.
In another positive development, Solomon Hill’s minutes are expected to continue trending upwards according to Head Coach Alvin Gentry: “Obviously he’s not ready, I don’t think, to play 35 minutes or anything, but I think his minutes will increase a little bit. Yes.”
When asked specifically about whether the Pelicans small forward, who appeared in a season-high 21 minutes against the Trail Blazers, would get the defensive assignment to guard LeBron James, Gentry replied, “Everybody’s going to guard LeBron... I think when you say, ‘Is he going to guard LeBron,’ I think your whole team has to guard LeBron. He’s playing at that level right now, and obviously when he’s making jumpshots, it becomes almost impossible. You’ve just got to do the best you can and hope for the best.”
As for Rajon Rondo returning from a two-game absence, the Pelicans starting point guard’s situation remains entirely up in the air.
“Not sure,” said Gentry. “We’ll test it tomorrow, see where he is, and then we’ll make a decision accordingly. I couldn’t tell you either way right now. I can’t say there’s no way he’s going to play or if he is going to play.”