Anthony Davis out Friday night vs. Clippers due to abdominal strain

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The Pelicans are being cautious here. As they should be — this is the future of the franchise we are talking about.

Anthony Davis will not play Friday night when the Pelicans host the Los Angeles Clippers, reports John Reid of the Times-Picayune.

Davis officially has a Grade 1 abductor strain. Which is not pleasant. But compared to what it looked like when he was injured and had to be helped off the court following what appeared to be a serious right leg injury this is nothing. The injury was scary looking, but within 15 minutes he back on the court. Much to the relief of New Orleans fans.

While the Pelicans — just 2.5 games out of the playoffs in the West — will miss Davis and his 24.4 points and 10.4 rebounds a game, not to mention his defense against Blake Griffin, this is the right move. Davis is going to finish in the Top 5 in MVP voting during his third year in the league.

This is a relatively minor injury that should not impact him playing in the All-Star Game Feb. 15, where the fans voted him in as a starter.