New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that he expects Anthony Davis to play in Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center.
Davis missed Wednesday’s 105-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies with a sprained right ankle and was listed as questionable in Thursday’s injury report. But Gentry said the soreness in Davis’ ankle has decreased and he anticipates the big man making his return.
“We’ll know a final (answer) when he gets through his workout, but I’m under the assumption that he’s going to play tonight,” Gentry said. “He’ll go through his warmup routine and we’ll have a final decision then. All the indications are that he’s probably going to play.”
Gentry added that Davis will be in the starting lineup and is expected to play his normal allotment of minutes.
“If he plays, obviously, there’s not going to be restrictions or anything, other than the fact that we’d have to keep an eye on him in case it gets sore,” Gentry said.
Davis has played only five minutes in the Pelicans’ two previous meetings against the Trail Blazers this season. He left in the first quarter of the team’s 103-93 loss to Portland on Oct. 24 with a knee injury and adductor injury forced him to miss New Orleans’ 123-116 win on Dec. 2.
Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins stepped up in Davis’ absence and averaged 38.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two contests against Portland.
Davis has missed six games this season due to injury and New Orleans has recorded a 3-3 record in those games.
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