Jrue Holiday has company on the bench when he’s watching his New Orleans Pelicans play tonight, as Anthony Davis has also been ruled out for the game with a strained hip, according to a report from ESPN News Services
Davis suffered the injury during the second quarter of Tuesday night’s win against the Dallas Mavericks, the Pelicans’ first victory of the season. Initial X-rays at the arena were negative.
New Orleans says Davis is day-to-day.
There are a couple of “here we go again” thoughts to this. The first is regarding the colossal collection of injuries the Pelicans have been compiling over the course of the season. Arguably, no team has been more beset by injuries than the Big Easy, which has literally had a unique starting five every single game this season. Eight games. Eight starting lineups. Injuries suck.
The other reason that the Pelicans are probably going to panic is that Anthony Davis has had injury issues since he came into the league. The one strike against him has been his health. In every season, he misses time because of an assortment of injuries. He missed 18 games in his rookie year (2012-13), and then 15 the second and 14 last year.
At some point (if it hasn’t already) the “injury prone” tag is going to start following him. Davis is averaging 24.0 points and 9.1 boards this year with a 55.8 percent true shooting percentage. While that’s a bit down from last year, it’s still not bad, and it’s understandable considering the constant chaos around him. The Pelicans will need him to return, as he basically is the team, and they’re 1-7 to start the season.