New Orleans big man Anthony Davis looked like he suffered a significant groin injury against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
Instead, he had one of his biggest games of the season, posting 42 points and 15 rebounds in a 139-117 Pelicans win.
Davis crumpled to the floor in the first half after battling Lakers forward Julius Randle for a loose ball.
Anthony Davis to the locker room after stepping on the ball during a scrum and straining his groin. pic.twitter.com/5vWxXlQ5bc
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) February 15, 2018
The injury-prone Davis immediately grabbed his groin after the fall and writhed on the floor before eventually heading to the locker room. It was a scary moment for Pelicans fans who had already seen Demarcus Cousins’ season cut short with a devastating Achilles’ tendon tear.
The Pelicans announced that Davis suffered a groin injury and was questionable to return.
Anthony Davis (right groin) is questionable to return tonight vs. the Lakers.
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) February 15, 2018
But the fear was short-lived as Davis was back on the court after a brief absence and looked to be playing without pain.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 15, 2018
Davis was clearly no worse for wear, needing just 18 shots from the field for his 42 points. He finished hitting 15-of-18 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws in one of the most efficient games of the NBA seasons.
But more importantly for the Pelicans and an already decimated Team LeBron at this weekend’s All-Star game, Davis is in good health.