The New Orleans Pelicans lost to the Houston Rockets, and that wasn’t even the worst thing to happen that day. No one likes to lose, and certainly, the Pelicans wouldn’t have enjoyed losing to the Rockets regardless of the location of the game. As many online NBA odds analysts will tell you, a loss is disappointing regardless of where it happens.
However, it must have been even more annoying for the Pelicans to lose to the Rockets because they played their game in Beijing. In other words, they traveled halfway around the world only to sustain a pair of losses. Who wouldn’t be disappointed by that outcome? However, worse for the Pelicans was the fate of Anthony Davis; Davis went down with a sprained right ankle, and everyone basically held their breath as they waited for the prognosis.
It didn’t seem possible that Davis would be sidelined less than six minutes into the Global Games Event at LeSports Center; however, that is exactly what happened, and anyone waiting to cheer him on when he shrugged the fall off and run back onto the field was very disappointed. By the end of the game, the Pelicans had lost 116-104 to the Rockets. Kyle Wiltjer led the Rockets, scoring 15 points. James Harden came in second with 14 points, eight assists, as well as six rebounds. Over on the Pelicans side, Quinn Cook scored 20 points.
Davis’ fall was an unexpected occurrence, the player crumbling as he tried to maneuver in the low post to the left of the basket. It looked like he stepped on the foot of Houston Rockets center, Nene. Davis isn’t exactly new to injuries, so maybe his situation shouldn’t have attracted so much shock. After all, Davis just underwent surgery in March. Medical experts repaired a stress reaction in his knee cap in the season-ending procedure. Last season, Davis was also out of commission, suffering a torn labrum, though that particular injury did not require surgery.
Speaking to Pelicans head coach, Alvin Gentry, he confirmed that the 6-foot-10 forward had an ankle sprain. However, he couldn’t say anything else about Davis’ situation, especially with regards to the grade of the sprain, instead directing the questions to the trainer. The coach was frustrated because Davis’ accident had only made it more difficult for the team to get into a rhythm. With an average of 20.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.4 blocked shots, he is a high-profile player that has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team on a number of occasions during his relatively young NBA career.
Davis just cannot seem to stay healthy and struggles with injury throughout the year. It is probably for this reason that the team has been monitoring Davis’ workload in training camp. Their efforts to avoid injuries during the preseason were in vain now that Davis has been sidelined once more.