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Anthony Davis and Julius Randle battling injury bug

Davis’ MVP campaign hits a snag due to injury.

Anthony Davis at the UK Athletics Hall of Fame dinner.
Aaron Gershon A Sea Of Blue

Without star forward Anthony Davis on the floor, the Pelicans suffered their first loss of the season to the Jazz on Saturday.

According to New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry, Davis suffered an elbow injury in the Pelicans’ Friday night win over the Nets. It later was revealed the injury was a sprained elbow.

Davis actually played with the injury for the rest of the game, making a game-clinching steal of an inbounds pass in the final seconds.

Though Davis played through the injury Friday, he was unable to suit up Saturday.

Another former Wildcat, Julius Randle, started in his place. Speaking of, Randle is actually battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Randle was battling the issue ahead of Saturday’s game against the Jazz and ended up playing just 19 minutes.

For Monday night’s game against the Nuggets, Randle is listed as probable. As for Davis’ status, he has again been ruled out for tonight’s game. His status will be day by day for the next handful of games.

The Pelicans next game will be Thursday night in Portland against the Trail Blazers.

Davis averaged 27.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks through New Orleans’ first four games. He’s off to a strong start in his bid for MVP honors, so hopefully, this injury doesn’t hurt his chances of winning the award.

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