New Orleans fans are smiling again. Examinations by Anthony Davis revealed only a slight sprain in the left ankle and the Pelicans listed their star in the day-to-day. Surely deprived of their home tonight against the Wizards, the men of Alvin Gentry will have to redouble their efforts to fill the absence of Unibrow.
It was so beautiful that it became suspicious. Since the injury of DeMarcus Cousins, NOLA number 23 has donned the hero costume at every game to bring his team. Except that Anthony Davis has a liability with the infirmary. And by stringing up games in overtime, back-to-backs and heavy play time (37.7 minutes per game over the last ten games), his left ankle ended up turning against Sacramento Wednesday. Anthony Davis leaves the floor and it is all Louisiana that holds his breath. If the Pelicans occupy a superb fourth place in the West, it is largely thanks to the mixtapes of its interior. Passage to the MRI yesterday and the results are finally reassuring. AD suffers only from a sprained left ankle according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and the Pelicans listed it in the day-to-day. A return tonight against Washington seems short but fans of New Orleans will see their star quickly. In the meantime, his teammates will have to take their responsibilities and continue the positive dynamics of the team. And there is a reason to be optimistic.
If Anthony Davis logically takes all the light for a month, his partners are not left behind and contribute to the sparkling form of the Pelicans. At the top of the list, Jrue Holiday. Behind AD, the rear produces the best season of his young career. 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the Californian who begins to assume the hopes (and the millions) invested by his franchise. The player is boiling right now with an average of 23.4 points and 8.4 caviars over the last ten games and a personal best of career assists against the Clippers on Tuesday with 17 offerings. In the absence of the twin towers, Holiday will be the number one offensive option of the Pelicans. The pressure is also mounting for Nikola Mirotic. Arrived in February as the sixth man of luxury, the Spaniard has fulfilled his role since then, ensuring scoring and rebounding activity. AD in the infirmary, the strong winger should join the five major and if he activates his mode January 2018, it goes without saying that the Pelicans will roll on the League.
Add to this the versatility of Rajon Rondo and E’Twaun Moore’s banderillas, the Pelicans are now enjoying a collective all-fire all flame towards the attack. Anthony Davis could miss several games, so a level-up is mandatory for the rest of the team. When Nikola Mirotic slams a 40-20 against the Wizards tonight, you will not be able to say that you were not warned.