Anthony Davis leaves game with chest contusion, does not return

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Somewhere in the first quarter Friday night against Cleveland, Anthony Davis took a pretty hard blow to the chest. It might have come when he had a collision with Tristan Thompson near mid-court (although he played for a while after that). It might have come battling for position on a Kevin Love free throw.

Whenever it happened, it was apparently pretty nasty.

And serious enough that Davis took himself out of the game, grabbing his chest. He went to the locker room not to return to the game. There are not a lot of details yet on if this could linger and cost him future games (New Orleans plays the Warriors on Sunday, then the Jazz on Tuesday, both at home).

Here is what Pelicans’ coach Monty Williams said after the game, via the Times Picayune.

“I just know when he was on the bench, he was wincing as if he couldn’t breathe,” Williams said.”So I was hesitant to put him back in the game and he then he wanted to go back out. We watched him for a while and he took himself out. That’s when I knew he didn’t feel right. And he was waiting for himself to feel better when he was in the back (locker room), but it never came back. So we’ll have a better idea of what’s going on (Saturday).”

Davis has been the best player in the NBA through the first quarter of the season, averaging 25.1 points per game on 56.9 percent shooting, plus 10.6 rebounds a game and 2.9 blocked shots a game. He’s been a beast on both ends of the court. He has a PER of 32.9 so far this season, which is basically a peak Jordan level efficiency number.

Hopefully this turns out to be nothing serious.

Even without him, and despite 41 points from LeBron James, the Pelicans beat the Cavaliers Friday night 119-114. New Orleans got 31 points from Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson came off the bench and hit eight three pointers on his way to 30 points.