As they navigate through a difficult stretch against some of the best teams in basketball, the Wizards could use a break in their schedule. They may get one against the Pelicans on Friday night.
All-Star big man Anthony Davis is considered doubtful for the game due to a left ankle sprain, the team announced Thursday evening. Davis is not only New Orleans' best player, he is in the middle of a ridiculous run.
Davis left early in the Pelicans' game against the Kings on Wednesday night and at first it looked serious. Fortunately, an MRI determined it was just a sprain, but it might be enough to keep him from facing the Wizards.
In nine games before he suffered the injury, Davis put up 37.7 points, 14.6 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. The Pelicans have won 10 straight games in large part due to Davis' recent surge.
Davis is now firmly in the MVP race with averages of 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He is the leader of a Pelicans team that sits fourth in the Western Conference despite the fact All-Star DeMarcus Cousins is lost for the season with an Achilles injury.
If Davis can't go, the Pelicans will rely heavily on point guard Jrue Holiday and power forward Nikola Mirotic, whom they acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with the Chicago Bulls. They have some good players beyond Davis, but he is their best player and things will be very different without him.
The Wizards play the Pelicans in New Orleans on Friday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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