New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had to leave Wednesday’s preseason game against the Houston Rockets after suffering a right ankle sprain.
The former University of Kentuciy star fell to the court in the first quarter in Beijing, the last of the NBA’s two exhibitions in China. He re-entered the game briefly but soon walked to the locker room. He did not return.
ESPN reported that its sources said Davis is expected to miss 10 to 15 days with a Grade 2 sprain. The team’s season opener — at home againt the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 26 — is just two weeks away.
Davis declined comment and wore a boot on his injured foot as he walked out of the arena before the team’s flight back to New Orleans, ESPN reported.
Davis, the first overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, is a three-time All-Star who averaged 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season.
Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore also left the game in the first half with a right heel contusion and did not return.