MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just when Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans were really picking up steam, the star swatter had to take a seat with several of his banged-up teammates.
Davis was scratched from the game on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a dislocated left index finger.
He was injured late in a victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night — the third straight for the Pelicans — but remained in the game to finish it out.
Davis worked out before the game, but coach Monty Williams said they were going to play it safe with their franchise player.
"We could have held him out last night, but he was so adamant about playing that I let him go," Williams said. "So, now we have to be his brains and make sure he doesn't hurt his finger. But he should be ready for our next game."
Davis has been a force all season and is one of only four players in the NBA this season averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, along with Minnesota's Kevin Love, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins and Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge. He has three games with at least eight blocked shots this season, and has been particularly dominant over the past two games.