Second Opinion Reveals Anthony Davis’ Finger Injury Not as Severe as Originally Feared

January 24, 2019 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Despite the bad news released earlier this week, it looks like Anthony Davis could return from his finger injury as soon as next week. Davis suffered what was originally thought to be a finger sprain when he swiped for the ball in the Pelicans’ matchup with the Blazers last Friday. Further evaluation revealed a volar plate avulsion fracture in Davis’ left index finger. The injury was thought to be severe and the Pelicans were expecting to be without Davis for up to a month.

Davis and his agent Rich Paul decided to seek another opinion on the diagnosis and met with a hand specialist earlier this week. That consultation revealed that Davis did indeed suffer a volar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger, but according to Paul it was a “better outcome than we originally feared.” It’s important to keep in mind that a volar plate avulsion fracture is a fracture to the bottom part of the finger where the tendon attaches to the bone. So this injury essentially affects both the bone and the tendons in Davis’ left index finger. 

“It’s more of an injury of pain tolerance. They need to see the swelling go down and the range of motion increase,” Paul said after the consultation. He also said that Davis would be re-evaluated every 48 to 72 hours after Friday, suggesting he could return as early as next week. Davis is now looking at a recovery time measured in days or weeks, not months.

Davis has struggled to remain healthy in his career, averaging just 65 games per season in his first four seasons in the league. He started the 2018-19 season as a High Injury Risk and has remained High Risk all season. Though this is his first “major” injury of the year, Davis has also dealt with minor ankle, hip, and elbow injuries this season. Fortunately for the Pelicans, Davis has been slightly healthier over the past two years, averaging 75 games per season.

Davis is currently averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks this season. He leads the team in every category except assists. The Pelicans will need Davis at 100% if they expect to make the playoffs again this year. The team is currently No. 12 in the West.