NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis knew almost immediately that something wasn’t right with his hand after banging it on the rim going for an alley-oop in New Orleans’ 103-99 win over the Knicks on Sunday.
He never wishes he could be so wrong.
Davis spoke Wednesday morning for the first time since the Pelicans announced he would be out 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.
“I hit my hand on the rim and it started hurting real bad so I kind of figured something was wrong,” Davis said. “I came out of the game and it was fractured.”
The injury comes as the Pelicans have begun playing their best basketball of the season. They’ve tied their season-best win streak at three games and can get their fourth in a row tonight against Dallas.
They’ll have to do it without Davis, who said he’s going to attempt to be back “sooner than later.”
“I’m trying to get healthy,” said Davis, who was wearing a thick black brace that covered much of his forearm and his pinky finger. “Of course I miss being out of the floor but just something that’s important and we have to take care of it.
Through a little bit more than the first 16 games this season, Davis had been playing at an All-Star level, averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.
He had led the Pelicans (9-8) in rebounding 11 times this season and scoring four times. He had recorded his ninth double-double this season two nights earlier in Philadelphia.
The good news for Davis is that the injury is to his non-shooting hand, something he says is fortuitous because it won’t mess up his shot.
Davis, for one, isn’t worried about how the team will fare without him on the floor.
“I have a lot of confidence in our system and team and coaches where we can still pull out wins no matter who is on the floor,” Davis said. “All our guys are capable of doing anything any given night.”
It’s not the first time Davis has had to miss time for an injury in his young career. At the end of last season, his rookie year, he sprained the medial collateral ligament and sustained a bone bruise in his left knee in a late-season game at Sacramento. He missed the final three games.
He also missed time due to an ankle injury early in the season, a shoulder sprain and a concussion. Davis still was able to average 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 64 games as a rookie.