Anthony Davis left Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks in the first quarter with what seemed to be an arm or hand injury. After about 30 minutes in the locker room, it was reported that Davis had suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. This injury, effectively a broken hand, will keep Davis out indefinitely, potentially crippling New Orleans’ season. For a team committed to a playoff push, Davis’ injury is catastrophic. Without Davis, New Orleans’ defensive struggles will be magnified, while the offense will lose a key point of attack. This puts New Orleans in an unfortunate predicament. As part of the Jrue Holiday trade, the Pelicans owe a top-five protected pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. Even without Davis, the team is very unlikely to finish in the bottom five. However, a playoff appearance becomes even more unrealistic. At this point, the Pelicans will have to hope their bad luck is reciprocated through either the draft lottery or a speedy recovery for Davis.
Next up is Monday night in Chicago. If you’re going to be in the area, Pelicans vs. Bulls tickets remain available.