The Pelican Blog

Anthony Davis will play vs. Sacramento

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

New Orleans Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said in his pregame availability minutes ago that All-Star forward Anthony Davis will play tonight against Sacramento. Davis sat out Saturday’s game in San Antonio due to injury, after he was sidelined Friday vs. Utah just 3:43 into the first quarter.

“He looked good this morning in shootaround. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t play (Saturday), but we’ve dealt with that all year long. We’re just happy to have him back tonight.”

In other lineup news, point guard Brian Roberts is returning to the starting lineup vs. Sacramento. He came off the bench at San Antonio and scored a team-best 18 points. Roberts had missed the previous two games.

After playing in 64 games as a rookie, tonight will be Davis’ 64th game of his second season. Williams said the experience of being on the floor now is something that could benefit the 21-year-old in the future.

 

“With all of the guys we have out, I think he feels like he needs to be out there,” Williams. I think he feels like this is a great way for him to get conditioned for what we want to do someday. We want to be a team that plays well into May, and Lord willing, June. You’ve got to get used to playing heavy minutes. I think this is great conditioning for him.”