Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star's Foot and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 116-99. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis missed one game after he suffered a right foot injury during pregame warm-ups on Feb. 27. However, he has been cleared to return to the lineup.

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Davis Active vs. Rockets

Wednesday, March 2

Head coach Alvin Gentry announced Davis will play against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

Davis Critical to Pelicans' Success

It would've been a devastating blow for the Pelicans if Davis missed extended time, especially since the team got off to a slow start and has struggled to establish consistency after making the playoffs last season.

As for Davis, he already suffered a hip injury, back injury and concussion earlier in the campaign, and the 68 games he played in 2014-15 were a career high for a player who has continuously dealt with physical setbacks.

When healthy, the three-time All-Star is one of the best players in the league. He earned first-team All-NBA honors after averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per contest last year and was posting 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in 2015-16 before the injury.

Davis is an elite rim-protector who anchors the Pelicans defense and a formidable offensive playmaker who can score down low, attack off the dribble and hit from mid-range.

The Pelicans don’t have anyone who can match Davis’ overall skill set, but they do have a couple of pieces to fill the void should Davis be forced to the sidelines again.

Ryan Anderson is a matchup problem for opposing defenses because of his ability to drill three-point shots and force bigs away from the rim. Omer Asik is an elite rebounder and double-double threat every time he takes the floor.