The New Orleans Pelicans will likely be without forward Anthony Davis tonight against the Sacramento Kings, head coach Alvin Gentry told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
Davis collided with Portland Trail Blazers forward Moe Harkless on Tuesday. His MRI results came back negative, but swelling persists, limiting the amount of movement he can have on the floor.
The Pelicans acquired forward Josh Smith on Wednesday through the injury exception, as they now have six players unable to go tonight against the Kings. Smith did not play in the NBA last season after bouncing from team to team through the last three seasons, playing with Maccabi Haifa of Israel during the 2016-17 campaign.
If he makes his debut tonight, expect the 6-foot-9 lefty to fill the void at power forward for stretches, but Dante Cunningham should see the vast majority of the minutes at the position while Cousins mans the center slot.
New Orleans is 1-3 in the season and will need this win to get back in its feet before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend, who are fresh off a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Pels have Rajon Rondo, Frank Jackson, Solomon Hill, Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, and Davis on the shelf entering today’s Western Conference matchup.