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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis breaks hand, out indefinitely

Dec 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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This one hurts. It’s a blow to the gut of a Pelicans team trying to find its stride, a blow to the breakout year a young star was having, and it could be a blow to the All-Star Game coming to his city in a couple months.

New Orleans’ Anthony Davis broke a bone in his left hand in the first quarter Sunday night against the Knicks and will be out indefinitely, the team announced. He returned to the bench in a heavy cast during the game. As of right now there are not more details on the injury.

Davis, in his second season, is averaging 19.6 points shooting 50.2 percent, is pulling down 10.6 rebounds a game plus averages 3.9 blocks a contest. This season he has the second highest PER in the league at 28.6 (training only LeBron James at 30.5).

The Pelicans were starting to find a groove with their five best players on the court and Davis was key to it — he runs the court well and either gets set up in a dangerous position where he scores or draws the attention of the defense leaving room for others to get off clean looks.

Look for Ryan Anderson to get some extra run for the Pelicans without Davis.

But they are just not going to be quite the same without him, and in a deep West that could be enough to really damage their playoff chances.

  1. bjornreyes - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Look for Ryan Anderson to get traded for a center (read: Omer Asik) if Davis is out for an extended period.

    • stadix093 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      You must be a Rockets fan.

    • JHathwell - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Quit listening to Bill Simmons. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      Quit trying to sound “connected.”

  2. acdc363 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Dude my fantasy team WHYYYYY

    • moseskkim - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Who gives a crap about your fantasy team.. Keyword fantasy. A breakout star broke his hand. His eam, city loses him for weeks. They might lose their potential fringe playoff spot and what do you focus on? Fantasy team. I got him on mine too and it sucks but it’s his left hand and I just hope it’s not too bad

  3. mrlaloosh - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Ouch!

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Noooo! Whyyyyyy!!! Leave our stars alone bball gods!!! Have you no mercy!?

    • stadix093 - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      At least the season is still young, I really really hope everyone is near full strength for what could be an epic playoff battle.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I hear that! But some guys, like Davis, need to be playing now so that some of these teams can even have a shot at making the playoffs in the firat place. I swear there’s gonna be a TON of deserving teams in the West that aren’t gonna make it. There is literally now room for error out in the wild wild.

  5. maracineanu16 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    I am Bulls’ fan and I know the Pelicans will play against the Bulls on Monday, but I hate toe see this happening. Get well, big fellow

  6. homergreenz - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Yeah this sucks. Davis is on the All-NBA Most Fun to Watch Team.

  7. misremembered72 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Tough luck for Anthony Davis but as a Sixers fan…hooray!

  8. mungman69 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Wait; Next year for the Pelicans

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