Pelicans' Anthony Davis exits with knee injury; MRI comes back negative

An MRI on the left knee of New Orleans Pelicans All-Star big man Anthony Davis came back negative, coach Alvin Gentry said after the team's 103-93 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night in Portland, Oregon.

Davis is considered day-to-day, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Davis exited just five minutes into the first quarter, thought it's unclear when exactly he got hurt. He appeared to tweak the knee battling for position with Portland forward Maurice Harkless, then seemed to aggravate it while going after a long rebound with Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

Davis slowly ran down the court after the mild collision with Lillard and left the game during the Pelicans' ensuing possession. The Pelicans later said Davis would not return.

Following the game, Davis was not walking with a noticeable limp when he left the arena.

"At halftime I was hoping AD was going to come back out there," said teammate DeMarcus Cousins, who had 39 points and 13 rebounds. "That didn't happen. I had to step up to the plate, and that's what I tried to do."

Said Gentry: "I don't know a whole lot. Our trainers just said the MRI came back negative. I'm sure we'll know more tomorrow."

Davis, 24, has had injuries to his left knee before, in his 2012-13 rookie season and during the 2015-16 season. Both seasons ended early because of the injuries.

He had two points on 1-of-2 shooting, one rebound and one block on Tuesday before exiting 5 minutes, 1 second into the contest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.