Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — New Orleans center Anthony Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand during the first quarter of the team’s 103-99 win Sunday over the Knicks.
“Going up for a lob [in the] first quarter, I got fouled and hit my hand on the rim,” Davis said as he sat at his locker after the game with his left hand wrapped.
It remains unclear how long Davis — averaging 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds — will be out.
“I haven’t found anything out yet,” he said. “Most definitely hope that it’s a short-term thing, get back on the floor.”
Davis went to the bench with 1:32 to play in the first quarter and then returned from the locker room with his hand wrapped. He played 10 minutes, 27 seconds and recorded seven points and four rebounds.
“I just felt pain,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to keep me out, but it did. But we got the win so I’m happy that my team battled for the whole 48, we got that W.”
In handing the Knicks their ninth straight loss and seventh in a row at home, the Pelicans got a combined 55 points off the bench from Ryan Anderson (31) and Tyreke Evans (24).
“It’s huge,” Davis said. “It’s a tough place to play. It’s a great Knicks team. Guys came in, stepped up and played big-time minutes, made great plays. We need that from our bench. They’re a great unit. Hope we keep the thing going. We gotta come in with the same mindset tomorrow and try to get another win.”
Davis’ former college team, Kentucky, played in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on Sunday night and Davis was also unable to see them beat Providence, 79-65.
“Hopefully they win, get that W,” he said of Kentucky.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.