New Orleans Pelicans superstar forward Anthony Davis is doubtful for Friday's 7 p.m. tipoff against the Washington Wizards with a sprained left ankle, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
Davis exited Wednesday's 114-101 win at Sacramento because of the sprained ankle in the third quarter and did not return. X-rays on Davis' left ankle returned negative.
An MRI taken of Davis' left ankle Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury as a sprain. The Pelicans have announced Davis' status is day-to-day.
"I feel fine," Davis said Wednesday night.
“Every time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially when you’re coming down on somebody’s foot because you really don’t have any protection."
Davis was battling for a rebound with Kings center Kosta Koufos and landed awkwardly on Koufos' foot. Wincing in pain, Davis reached for his left ankle before returning to his feet. He briefly remained in Wednesday's game, but was shortly taken to the team's locker room with 3:11 remaining in the third.
The All-Star's twisted ankle forced Davis to exit a game for the second consecutive night with an injury. Davis briefly left Tuesday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers with a rib contusion, which also returned negative X-rays, but returned shortly thereafter.
Despite Tuesday's rib injury and Wednesday's ankle, Davis has put together a masterful stretch of performances during the Pelicans' franchise-record-tying 10-game winning streak.
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.
The Pelicans are currently 0-4 in their past four games against the Wizards, and have lost 11 of their past 12 games versus Washington.
Despite 37 points and nine rebounds from Davis, New Orleans lost 116-106 at Washington on Dec. 19. Friday's game will complete a two-game series between the Pelicans and Wizards.