Then this — sharpshooter Ryan Anderson went down grabbing his knee and had to be helped off the court. Officially the Pelicans called it a sprain after the game. We will see in the next 24-48 hours if that gets changed to anything worse once an MRI is done, and the doctors get a better look at it. (Davis will be re-evaluated on Sunday as well.)
Anderson was battling for rebound position after a missed Dante Cunningham shot when Mario Chalmers inadvertently stepped on his ankle, twisting Anderson’s leg awkwardly. He instantly went to the ground grabbing his knee.
Anderson is a key bench player for a Pelican team trying to fight for the final playoff spot in the West. He averages 14.8 points shooting 34 percent from three, plus grabs 5.2 rebounds playing 29 minutes per game for New Orleans.
Why this is potentially very bad for the Pelicans: When Davis and Anderson are on the court together the team’s offense jumps to 112 points per 100 possessions, and they outscore opponents by 5.8 points per 100. That combo plays well together, and if one or both are lost for an extended period it’s a blow to the team’s already fading playoff dreams.
He came back for the Pelicans after the break as they try to make a playoff push, but Saturday night he appears to have aggravated that shoulder injury. He had made a couple offensive rebounds, one right over the top of Hassan Whiteside, then Davis went back into Whiteside looking for contact as he got a shot up, and that appears to have done it.
The Pelicans released this statement.
Anthony Davis OUT for rest of game vs Heat: re aggravated R shoulder. @PelicansNBA training staff also evaluating Ryan Anderson's right knee
Kendrick Perkins doesn’t bring much on the court anymore. He can soak up a few minutes every night in the paint, but his defensive game has slipped over the years, and he never brought much offense.
Still, the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted him. They are playing Tristan Thompson at the center spot when Timofey Mozgov sits, and they wanted another traditional center.
On Saturday, the Utah Jazz and Perkins reached terms a buyout. It didn’t take long for Perkins to make a decision on his next landing spot. Despite a late push from Perkins’ old coach Doc Rivers trying to reunite them with the Clippers, Perkins will be a Cavalier, something first reported by Royce Young at ESPN. Then it was confirmed by the man himself.
It's a Blessing for me to have another opportunity to join a Great Organization @cavs! Can't wait to play with Greatness @KingJames!#TheLand
The signing cannot officially happen until Monday.
Cavs fans should be warned this signing will not have the same positive impact of other moves the team has made, like bringing in Mozgov or J.R. Smith. Simply put, Perkins doesn’t have a lot of game left.
But he was loved in the Thunder locker room — remember it was talking about Perk that made Kevin Durant start to cry during his MVP speech — and the Cavaliers could use some of that veteran voice. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have still never played in a playoff game, so another veteran voice with a ring in the locker room can only help.