Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Anthony Davis wants DeMarcus Cousins back, but should Pelicans feel the same?

Anthony Davis wants DeMarcus Cousins back, but should Pelicans feel the same?

With Pelicans star Anthony Davis sitting out as a result of an ankle injury, New Orleans winning streak came to an end at ten. He is listed as doubtful for Friday night after an MRI on Thursday.

Davis has averaged 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds this season, and his production has surged during the franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak the Pelicans rode into their game against the Wizards.

"Won't know anything until tomorrow", Gentry said.

In 10 consecutive wins, the 24-year-old phenom is averaging 35.6 points and 13.6 rebounds in 37.7 minutes per game - including five 40-point outings.

If Davis doesn't play, the Wizards' chances in this game will be exponentially higher, but even if he doesn't the Pelicans will still get over the line. I think the effort is there, and we're playing hard and doing things.

Despite the fact that LeBron James has had one of the best statistical seasons of his National Basketball Association career and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook is almost averaging a season-long triple-double again, National Basketball Association voters might be inclined to take a look at a player who has had an historic surge recently. Guard Jrue Holiday also has stepped up, flashing his aggressiveness to post up lighter and smaller guards close to the basket.

"This team is so unselfish", said Mirotic, who joined the Pelicans after Cousins went down January 26 with a season-ending left Achilles tear. For example, he has had at least 22 points in 20 of his last 22 games and has had seven-plus assists 15 times in that span. "It's been fun. Those guys have been unbelievable". "But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don't play down to the level of our competition".

On Friday, Gentry remained unfazed and told reporters he's hopeful Davis could return for Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz. Both Davis and coach Alvin Gentry downplayed the severity of the injury after the game. The Wizards went 1-3 during their four-game homestand.

"Everybody on this team understands their role and what they need to do", Mirotic said. "(The Pelicans) are a hot team right now. With the likes of E'Twaun Moore, Holiday, Darius Miller and the newly acquired Mirotic, they're putting shooters around Davis and simply letting perhaps the most freakishly gifted player on earth go to work.

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