Anthony Davis is pretty much the best, but he faces a hell of a challenge with his Pelicans getting the Warriors in the first round. It’s going to be even tougher if the 22-year-old big man is still feeling pain from a dislocated pinky finger suffered during Wednesday’s crucial win over San Antonio.
As far as I can tell, the broadcast didn’t show or even take notice of Davis’s injury—though one reporter in the building tweeted that he was getting his fingers taped up. But reader Eric, who had darn good seats right behind the bench, says he saw Davis tell the Pelicans trainer to pop the finger back into place. Eric sent along this sequence of photos, apparently showing the trainer doing just that:
Hey, that looks disgusting.
Davis did acknowledge the injury in an interview with Fox Sports’s Jen Hale, and revealed that a pep talk from Tyreke Evans helped him get over it and stay in the game.
“I dislocated my pinky finger. And he [Evans] told me, ‘you wanna go home or you wanna be here?’ I want to be here. He said, ‘All right, then go tape it up and let’s play. Let’s go. We’re not stopping at any stores, straight gas.’ That’s what we do, we just keep going.”
This isn’t anything new for Davis. When you go up for as many boards as he does, you’re going to come down with jammed, sprained, and dislocated fingers, which Davis does all the time. Still, can’t feel good.