NBA notebook: Pelicans' Davis (finger) out two weeks

NBA notebook: Pelicans' Davis (finger) out two weeks
By Reuters

20/01/2019 at 01:06Updated 20/01/2019 at 01:08

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis sprained his left index finger in Friday's 128-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and will miss up to two weeks, the team announced on Saturday.

Davis injured the finger swiping at the ball as Portland's Zach Collins held
it on the wing. He immediately grabbed at his hand after making contact with
Collins' arm. He left with just over a minute to play, having tried to return
with his fingers taped together.

Davis, who scored 27 points vs. the Blazers, is having another monster season
with career-best averages in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3) and assists (4.4).

The injury comes at a perilous time for the Pelicans (21-25), who have lost
two straight and are four games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Western Conference.

--Detroit Pistons standout center Andre Drummond missed Saturday's game
against the Sacramento Kings after being placed in the NBA concussion

Drummond got hurt in the first quarter of Friday's 98-93 win over Miami, when
Heat forward James Johnson's left elbow smashed into his nose while they were
both going for the ball. Drummond went down to the floor in pain. He left the
contest and didn't return.

Drummond is averaging 16.3 points, a league-leading 14.9 rebounds and 1.7
blocks in 44 games this season.

--Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to
continue his shoulder rehabilitation and attended Saturday's game against the
Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN reported.

Fultz, 20, has been in Los Angeles since early December undergoing therapy for
thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which causes compression or irritation of the
nerves or blood vessels in the area between the lower neck and upper chest.

There is no timetable for the second-year player's return to the lineup, but
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Saturday afternoon that Fultz will be
working at the team's facility "to try to ramp up for an eventual return to
the season."

--Field Level Media