METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis says he will play Saturday in Charlotte against the Hornets despite suffering a left wrist contusion that kept him out of the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Davis collided with Raptors guard Norman Powell in midair on an alley-oop attempt with 6.7 seconds left in the second quarter and said he hit his wrist on the rim before falling hard to the ground.
The 23-year-old All-Star went through a full practice Friday, and both he and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Davis feels “fine.”
“I hit it on the rim pretty bad, and it was just pretty swollen and very sore,” Davis said. “I tried to catch a basketball and dribble, and it just wouldn’t allow me to do it at that point in time. It feels a lot better now.”
Davis appeared to hit his head after falling to the hardwood but said he didn’t remember doing so.
“If I did, I don’t remember, which is bad,” Davis said with a laugh. “But I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t have like a knot on my head. I’m just glad it was something minor.”
Davis has missed four full games this season, including one for planned rest, and parts of 11 others.
Wednesday marked his 61st game of the season, tying his total from last season, when he missed a career-high 21.
In his fifth season, the four-time All-Star is averaging career highs in points (27.8 per game), rebounds (11.6) and field goal attempts (20.1) and makes (10.1) and is tied for career highs in assists (2.2) and minutes (36.1).