Fresh off their resilient victory in Los Angeles, the Pelicans have no time to celebrate. The Sacramento Kings lie in wait tonight as the schedule dictates New Orleans must play for a second time in as many days.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is: Will Anthony Davis play?
In case you missed it, Davis sustained a rib contusion after colliding with DeAndre Jordan in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Clippers. As Davis walked out of the arena, he was seen in obvious pain on TNT’s telecast, even taking a moment to double over before entering the locker room.
Fortunately for New Orleans, Davis was able to return to the game, put the finishing touches on another out-of-this-world stat line and lead the Pelicans to their ninth straight win.
When asked about his injury in postgame, Davis replied, “I’ll be fine. I’m just going out there and playing basketball, trying to do what I can to help the team win.”
With AD being cleared by the medical staff and logging nearly 22 minutes in the second half, the hope is he’ll be able to suit up against the Kings. However, don’t discount that his symptoms could worsen, say the area in question become infinitely more sore the day after the injury. As of this writing, the Pelicans have yet to release the status of AD for tonight.
If worse comes to worst and Davis is forced to miss tonight’s matchup, all eyes will fall on Jrue Holiday to carry the load. Holiday has been fantastic during the Pelicans nine-game winning streak, averaging 25.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.6 assists. Obviously others would have to step up as well, but New Orleans odds of leaving Sacramento with a win would be infinitely higher if Jrue can continue on his torrid stretch.
As for the Kings, they’re the same old Kings — floundering towards the bottom of the standings and hoping a youth movement starts to figure some things out. However, it’s important to note that they’ve been successful against the Pelicans this season, winning two of the three matchups thus far, and they’ve registered wins in two of their last three games.
In New Orleans only victory, Davis didn’t play but it took an unbelievable effort by DeMarcus Cousins (41 points, 23 rebounds) to seal a 114-106 victory. Maybe the roles will be reversed this time round?
Let’s hope so because a victory tonight would result in a 10-game winning streak — tying the franchise record for the most games won in a row. New Orleans has two such stretches of ten straight wins in their short-lived history but none during the Anthony Davis era.
What: New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings
Where: Golden 1 Center
When: March 7, 2018, 9:00 PM Central
How: TNT, WRNO 99.5 FM