The 24-year-old face of the Pelicans franchise who leapfrogged over many competing to be named NBA MVP even stood up - along with the thousands that flocked to the Smoothie King Center to possibly witness the height of the franchise's longest winning streak ever - until the Pelicans made their first bucket in Friday's 116-97 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans' franchise record set January 9-26, 2011. Nikola Mirotic started in Davis' place and finished with nine points, making 3-of-11 shots and missing all four 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says he is "optimistic" about Davis' prospects for returning Sunday afternoon against Utah.
It was the Pelicans' first loss since February 9, and in the month between defeats New Orleans climbed from No. 8 to the coveted No. 4 spot in the bunched up Western Conference standings.
The Washington Wizards need a statement win here after splitting their last eight games. Otto Porter, Jr. led the Wizards with 19 and was one of 6 Washington players in double figures. It was tough cover for us (Wednesday) and obviously they shot the basketball well but they were very, very comfortable just looking over the top of us and just shooting. Meanwhile, doing his scoring effectively, adding five 40 point games on 53 percent shooting from the field. "We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game".
"It seemed like everything was real hard", Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said.
Without Davis, the Pelicans' offense had nowhere to turn when it needed a bucket to stop a run and no one to seal off the paint from a torrent of Wizards dribble drives. Games including the Pelicans tend to finish over the total (62.5 percent). The Wizards are 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings in New Orleans, 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Willie Cauley-Stein (lower back strain) and De'Aaron Fox (lower back strain) are both listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against Orlando.
Darius Miller dropped 20 points with one assist, one block and four triples in 33 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday.