There were plenty of positives for New Orleans in its Saturday night preseason opener in Louisville — Ryan Anderson looked good, hitting 4-of-9 shots, Jimmer Fredette scored 17 points, Luke Babbitt had 15, plus Russ Smith dropped 12. But all you really wanted was to get out of this contest against the Heat healthy.
They had a scare at one point: Anthony Davis left the game after injuring the index finger of his left hand.
But it appears not to be serious.
That’s good news for the Pelicans. And they were right not to put him back out there.
Count me in the group that thinks New Orleans is going to make the playoffs this season. Probably. This is the brutal Western Conference but if any other team slips this team is poised to step into their spot.
But they need a fully healthy Davis for that to happen.