Greivis Vasquez (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Clippers, and Brian Roberts is expected to start in his place.
Vasquez tweaked his ankle against the Lakers on Tuesday and admitted he should not have played on Wednesday, so his absence Friday should have been expected. As a starter, Roberts is averaging 11.7 points, 10.7 assists, 1.3 steals and a triple over three games this season. Vasquez will attempt to play Sunday vs. Dallas, but his ankle is at "less than 80 percent," according to Monty Williams.
Ryan Anderson will start at power forward on Friday, as expected.
With Anthony Davis (knee) out for the year, Davis should finish the regular season as the full-time starting power forward and is locked into major minutes the rest of the way.
Anthony Davis will miss the rest of the season with an MCL sprain and bruise to his left knee.
The good news is that there is no structural damage to the knee, which means this should have minimal impact on his outlook as a Pelican next season. Marcus Thornton landed on Davis' left knee on Wednesday and it put the interior part of his knee in an awkward position, so it's nice to see there won't be any long term issues from the injury. As for the rest of this season, Robin Lopez will be the last true big man left standing for New Orleans and is coming off a 20-point game on Wednesday, so he should be valuable in most formats. Ryan Anderson will likely slide into the starting lineup and Al-Farouq Aminu could be in line for more shots and playing time. Xavier Henry could also get some burn at small forward with some of these aforementioned players sliding to power forward more often.
Greivis Vasquez (ankle) confirmed after Wednesday's game that he's not 100 percent healthy.
"I wasn't myself today," he said. "I was struggling out there. I was trying to play through injuries and all that stuff. I have to rehab and all that stuff and hopefully it feels better." Vasquez is expected to be examined by team doctors, and Brian Roberts is looking like a strong add for those owners still playing as Vasquez deals with ankle issues once again.
Anthony Davis (knee) is expected to undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Davis left Wednesday's game vs. Sacramento with the injury and didn't return, and although Monty Williams thinks Davis "is OK," the MRI will reveal exactly what Davis is dealing with. Even if he doesn't have a serious injury, the Hornets could shut him down as a precaution. AD was reportedly "limping noticeably" to the team bus, but at least he was able to put some weight on his leg. Davis has already sustained a concussion, a stress reaction in his ankle and a shoulder injury in his rookie season. Ryan Anderson would step in if Davis has to sit out.
Anthony Davis suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game and went to the locker room.
It didn't look good. Marcus Thornton drove to the hoop and landed on Davis' knee. Davis was in a lot of pain and walked off the floor under his own power.
Greivis Vasquez didn't look to be 100 percent on Wednesday, playing 25 minutes for four points, one board, two assists, one steal and three turnovers against the Kings.
Monty Williams admitted that he probably shouldn't have played Vasquez with injuries to both of his ankles. He rolled his ankle late in Tuesday's game and he checked out at 10:32 left in the fourth and never returned tonight. While garbage time was definitely a factor, Vasquez wasn't quite as active on offense as he normally is. He'll get Thursday to rest before taking on the Clippers on Friday.