NBA: Pelicans' Davis hopes to return vs. Jazz

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Mar 11 2018 11:28 PM

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts from the bench against Washington Wizards in this file photo. Stephen Lew, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The New Orleans Pelicans saw their franchise record-tying win streak end at 10 Friday night against the Washington Wizards, but they can start a new streak on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

And they just might have superstar Anthony Davis back to lead the way.

The Pelicans' five-time All-Star forward Davis, who missed Friday's loss with a sprained left ankle, practiced lightly on Saturday and feels he could be ready for the 4 p.m. ET start.

"I did some light stuff today," Davis said, per CBS Sports. "Will do some more stuff tomorrow, but it feels a lot better."

Davis, who turns 25 on Sunday, will be a game-time decision, says coach Alvin Gentry.

"He did some things today (in practice)," Gentry said. "Obviously, we'll have to see how he reacts to it. We'll see."

Davis, who has now missed seven games to injury this season, joined fellow star DeMarcis Cousins (Achilles, out for season) on the sideline for the loss to the Wizards. New Orleans is 3-4 this season without Davis in the lineup.

Since Cousins went down on January 26, Davis has taken his game to astronomical levels in leading the Pelicans' charge for the playoffs. He is averaging 28.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season. But the six-year veteran has lifted his scoring (32.6 ppg) and rebounding (13.3 rpg) numbers to elite levels since the Cousins injury.

In the Pelicans' 10-game winning streak, Davis has upped his per-game averages to 35.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in just over 37 minutes.

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