Friday, 15 December, 2017

Groin injury sidelines Pelicans PF Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis fined $25K following first career ejection WATCH: Pelicans star Anthony Davis helped to locker room after suffering groin injury
Spencer Simpson | 04 December, 2017, 00:19

For New Orleans on Saturday, it was the remedy for having to play without one of its best players, four-time All-Star forward Anthony Davis.

Anthony Davis left Friday's game with a groin injury to his left leg and is not expected to return, the New Orleans Pelicans announced. Portland provided a momentary scare on the previous play, missing a reverse layup that would've cut the margin to only three points after it had been eight moments earlier. Without him, New Orleans failed to contain the Jazz offense, allowing rookie Donovan Mitchell to score 41 points, sending the Pelicans to its third straight loss.

Dante Cunningham, who re-signed with the team this offseason will likely get the nod to start in Davis' absence, giving the Pelicans another deep threat in the starting lineup after shooting a career-high 39 percent from the field last season. He was taken to the locker room on a wheelchair, according to several sources.

Davis, a four-time All-Star now in his sixth National Basketball Association season, had never been ejected from a game previously.

As it turns out, the injury will hold him out for longer than just part of Friday's game.

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