The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis was scratched from the Wednesday night game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a dislocated left index finger. He was injured late in a victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night — the third straight for the Pelicans — but remained in the game to finish it out.
Davis worked out before the game, but coach Monty Williams said they were going to play it safe. Davis has been a force all season and is one of only four players in the NBA this season averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, along with Minnesota’s Kevin Love, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins and Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Pelicans next play at home against Chicago on Saturday. The Pelicans were also missing starting point guard Jrue Holiday (right leg), forward Ryan Anderson (back) and forward Jason Smith (knee). Greg Stiemsma started in place of Davis against the Wolves.
The Timberwolves were playing without starting center Nikola Pekovic, who has bursitis in his right ankle and will miss at least the next week.
STERN ON TV — NBA TV will televise an interview with David Stern on Friday, the day before he ends his 30-year run as NBA commissioner. David Stern: 30 Years will air at 7 p.m. Stern will be interviewed by Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson during the hourlong program, which includes comments from former and current NBA players such as Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
Stern was to be honored during today’s game between the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden.
GINOBILI OUT — Those 36-year-old legs of Manu Ginobili’s have been feeling pretty spry this season. That spring in his step that had been missing for so much of last season was back, helping the Argentine magician become a game-changer again for the San Antonio Spurs. So when the lane opened up in the third quarter Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets, Ginobili decided to go for it. He rose up, cradled the ball in his left hand and threw down a solid, one-handed dunk. And with that, Ginobili joined the growing list of injured Spurs.
The team said that Ginobili strained his left hamstring on the dunk and will miss the next three to four weeks.
Ginobili joins Danny Green (broken finger), Kawhi Leonard (broken left hand) and Tiago Splitter (sprained right shoulder) on the team’s injured list, a run of bad luck that has decimated the team’s depth.
SNOW DAY — The Detroit Pistons’ game at the Atlanta Hawks scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of the winter storm that made travel unsafe in Atlanta. The Pistons were unable to make their scheduled flight into Atlanta on Tuesday night from Detroit. The game will be rescheduled but no date was immediately announced.