Posted December 01, 2013

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis out indefinitely with broken hand

Anthony Davis, Ben Golliver, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks
(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Anthony Davis (right) is averaging 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand during the first quarter of New Orleans’ 103-99 win over New York on Sunday. He is out indefinitely until a timetable for his return can be established.

Davis departed with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter and he did not return after tests revealed the extent of the injury. He finished with seven points (on 2-for-6 shooting) and four rebounds in 10 minutes.

The Times-Picayune reported that Davis suffered the injury when he hit his hand on the rim while attempting a dunk.

“I am hoping it is a short-term thing, so I can get back on the floor,” Davis said. “I felt pain. I didn’t think it was going to keep me out. I am happy that my team battled for the whole 48 (minutes) and got that W.”

Davis, 20, is averaging 19.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and a league-best 3.9 blocks while shooting 50.2 percent during his second NBA season. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft has been one of the league’s top performers so far this season, ranking in the top 10 in Player Efficiency Rating, Win Shares, Offensive Rating, rebounds per game, and blocks per game. A superstar in the making, Davis has posted a +3.8 net rating this season, tops among Pelicans starters.

Coach Monty Williams will have his hands full replacing Davis, who is leading the Pelicans in scoring, rebounds and blocks. New Orleans moved reserve forward Ryan Anderson into the starting lineup against the Knicks, a logical move that will almost certainly stick for the duration of Davis’s absence.

Davis appeared in just 64 games during his rookie season and New Orleans shut him down in April after an MRI revealed he had suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee.

New Orleans entered Sunday’s action with a 7-8 record that put them in the Southwest Division basement.

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threemonocle
threemonocle

 What the recent hand injuries of Anthony Davis, MKG, J.J. Redick, and Paul Pierce means for their teams: threemonocle.blogspot.com

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Chicago High School Wimp suffered from Derrick Rose Disease last season.

Chicago High School Wimp sat out 18 games in 2012-13 counting his money and whining for more.

Now the Chicago High School Wimp will get another long holiday break with his guaranteed contract and start leaning on the Pels for more or he'll buck and head to LA for a nine-figure deal in Da Land of Da Alleged Rapist.

The Chicago High School Wimp is not hurt. Just like Derrick Rose isn't hurt. Both have guaranteed contracts and plenty of bling bling. Both want more and don't want to play basketball to get it.

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@22ndtimeout

Uncalled for is paying this weak chump for sitting out 18 games with a hangnail last season.

Uncalled for is paying this candy butt punk for taking a Christmas vacation so as not to jeopardize his contract negotiations.

This Chicago High School Wimp learned from Eric Gordon, another punk with a guaranteed deal who stop trying when he got the guaranteed bling-bling.