Anthony Davis Injury: Pelicans hope big man returns around Christmas

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Could the Pelicans get their star big man back before the end of the month? They hope so!

The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to see big man Anthony Davis return to the lineup around Christmas, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears.

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Davis fractured his hand on Dec. 1 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. At the time, he was said to be out four to six weeks. His return would be a huge boost to the 11-11 Pelicans, who are 11th in the Western Conference.

Before the injury, Davis was far and away New Orleans' best player and performing at a higher level than almost anyone in the league. On the season he's averaging 18.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals and a league-leading 3.6 blocks per game.

Davis' 28.25 PER puts him behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. For a 20-year-old second-year player, those numbers are mind-boggling.

New Orleans has gone 3-3 in his absence, with power forward Ryan Anderson playing big minutes and shouldering a heavy scoring load. The Pelicans are in the midst of a five-game road trip, which will end on Dec. 23 in Sacramento. They'll then play the Denver Nuggets at home on Dec. 27.

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