Anthony Davis had 40 points and 18 rebounds before leaving with a left hip injury after a hard foul Monday night in the New Orleans Pelicans' 110-96 victory over the New York Knicks, who started the game without Derrick Rose and lost Carmelo Anthony to an ejection.
Rose was not with the team for unspecified reasons, and Anthony was back in the locker room late in the third quarter after getting thrown out for arguing with the officials.
Davis played only 29 minutes and also blocked three shots. He left the game when he was flagrantly fouled by Kyle O'Quinn, ejected for swinging his arm down hard on Davis, who was dribbling up the floor on a fast break and ended up being knocked into the front row of fans behind the baseline. >> Read more
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- The Knicks were undermanned to start, being without Rose and Mindaugas Kuzminskas. Even so, it doesn't appear as though either player would have been much help. Davis has rapidly developed, not only into the NBA's most dominant big man, but arguably a top-three player in the league. Joakim Noah wasn't agile enough to stay in front of him, and both Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis couldn't match his physicality. Davis plowed through New York's front line with an awing performance and also made it to the charity stripe 12 times.
- Elsewhere, the Knicks failed to match the tempo of Alvin Gentry's run-and-gun Pelicans. New Orleans isn't much of a contender, but it was clear it created matchup problems for New York from top to bottom. As the Knicks looked to push the pace in similar fashion, the best defense from Brandon Jennings was a rapid fire offense. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough. The Knicks failed to get any stops once again.
- Putting whatever this Rose situation is aside, it's clear team morale is running frustratingly low. The Knicks were bullied by a physical and fast team. Because of their recent struggles, they appeared to get discouraged quicker than normal. Two ejections (Anthony and O'Quinn) is even more indicative of the challenges they are facing. There's no level of resiliency from this otherwise sinking squad.