Two days after Anthony Davis appeared to have suffered his third career concussion, the four-time All-Star forward has returned to practice free of any concussion-related symptoms.
Davis was removed from Friday's 32-point loss at Denver with what was originally diagnosed as a concussion, but the New Orleans Pelicans have listed Davis as probable for Monday's 7 p.m. game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Following multiple evaluations by New Orleans' team physicians and Denver's medical staff through Saturday, when the Pelicans returned to New Orleans, Davis was officially diagnosed with a contusion of the orbit bone above his right eye, which removes him from the NBA's concussion protocol.
“He’s fine,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry told The Advocate on Sunday at the Pelicans' practice facility.
“Everything else as far as a concussion is fine. They determined that he didn’t have a concussion. Then, he went through the normal protocol anyway. He’s fine. He’s questionable tomorrow, but, you know, he’s fine.”
Davis practiced Sunday in a non-contact capacity and did not experience any concussion-like symptoms following Friday's game, Gentry said.
With Davis' status for Monday's game unclear, he is scheduled to speak to reporters Monday morning, hours prior to tipoff at the Smoothie King Center.
“Obviously, safety comes first for us,” Gentry said. “But the doctors have examined him, we’ve talked to him about it, and he seems to be OK. But obviously he’s questionable for tomorrow. We’ll take a look and see what happens after (Sunday night)."
Tony Allen (knee) expected to return Monday
Reserve guard Tony Allen has missed four consecutive games with left knee inflammation, but the 35-year-old's return is tentatively set for Monday, Gentry said.
“More than likely he’ll play tomorrow,” Gentry said. “He said his knee is feeling decent.”
Gentry originally planned for Allen's return Friday against the Nuggets, but his knee continued to be bothersome until tipoff, the coach said. With many games left to play, Gentry said hurrying Allen's recovery isn't necessary in his 14th NBA season.
“There was no reason to rush him into anything," Gentry said. "I mean, you think about it, we’ve got 66 games to go. There’s no reason to take any chances right now on someone and make the injury become prolonged.
“With Tony, I think he knows his own body. He’s a guy that wants to play. If he’s not playing, it’s because he absolutely can’t. He wants to be out there.”