Ex-Cats notes: Davis enjoying 6-game hot streak; Liggins back in D-League

March 18, 2014 

Anthony Davis will look to extend his six-game hot streak when the New Orleans Pelicans host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The former University of Kentucky star has averaged 32.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks during that span. And he has scored at least 28 points in all six.

Pelicans Coach Monty Williams, said to normally be reserved with his praise for his players, pretty much predicted such a run when he talked about Davis on his weekly radio show on Feb. 20.

"I think AD's going to have games of 35 points, 25 rebounds and 10 blocks," Williams told host Sean Kelley, according to a report on the team's website. "And everybody's going to be wowed by it, but I'm just going to look at him and be like, 'OK, see you next game.'"

Davis has set career highs for scoring in both of the past two games (36 and 40), and he had a personal-best 21 rebounds in Sunday's overtime win against the Celtics.

"To have a guy go for those kind of numbers and to do it within the scheme of the team is impressive," Williams said. "When you think of his game (against Boston), he covered just about every base. It's just nice to watch."

Davis' recent hot streak, during which the Pelicans went 4-2, has him drawing statistical comparisons to such players as Shaquille O'Neal, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

"I would definitely love that," Davis told Pelicans.com when asked about eventually being compared to those superstars. "I have a lot of work to do, a lot more to improve on. Hopefully in the years to come, I will be in that conversation."

Davis has played at least 39 minutes in all six games. And he's made 33 straight free-throw attempts.

"It's been amazing," Davis said. "Now I see what the LeBrons, Kevin Durants, Kobes, Carmelos and all of those guys do, night in and night out. It's tough to put up numbers like that. I'm just trying to have fun with it."

Davis picks Cats to win title, but Wall and Rondo predict early exit

USA Today got four NBA stars, including ex-Cats Anthony Davis and John Wall, to fill out NCAA Tournament brackets on Tuesday. Davis has the Cats winning their ninth national title by defeating Michigan State in the championship game, but Wall went with Florida to win it all.

Davis' Final Four also includes Creighton and Florida. He has the Cats also defeating Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville, Texas and Creighton on the way to the championship.

Wall had the Cats defeating Kansas State before losing to Wichita State in the third round. He picked the Shockers to defeat Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen before going on to lose to the Gators in the national title game.

The other two NBA stars' brackets, by Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, had UK defeating Kansas State before losing to Wichita State in the third round.

■ Rajon Rondo posted his NCAA Tournament bracket on his Twitter account. The Louisville native picked the Cardinals to reach the title game and lose to Michigan State. Rondo had Kentucky defeating Kansas State and Wichita State before losing to Louisville.

Patterson to miss at least another week

The Toronto Raptors announced forward Patrick Patterson had his right ulnar collateral sprain reassessed and a second scan was taken of the elbow.

The injury is healing as anticipated. Patterson will return to limited basketball activity over the next seven days with the use of a supporting brace and then a decision will be made with regards to his return to play thereafter.

Liggins back in D-League

The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced Tuesday that guard DeAndre Liggins had returned to the team following his stint with the Miami Heat.

Liggins, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Heat on Feb. 25, appeared in one game with Miami. He had two points and one rebound in just under a minute and a half of action.

Liggins has averaged 14.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for Sioux Falls. His 2.53 steals per contest leads the league.

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