Anthony Davis expected to miss 1-2 weeks with finger sprain

Jan 2, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives to the basket during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is expected to miss between one and two weeks with a left finger sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Saturday morning.

The big picture: As great a player as Davis is, this won’t really have a huge impact on much long term.

  • New Orleans brings a sub-.500 record to the table, has won just five of its last 10 games and lost two in a row.
  • The bottom half of the Western Conference is full of teams in similar shape and the playoffs are still shockingly in reach.

Time to step up: In Davis’ absence, other players are going to need to contribute more meaningful minutes.

  • Former No. 3 overall pick Jalil Okafor must pick up the slack. He’s averaging 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game but hasn’t been logging a ton of minutes.
  • Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic will have to stay out of foul trouble and play more minutes in the next couple of weeks.