X-rays negative on Anthony Davis' sprained left ankle; MRI planned

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has thrust himself into the NBA MVP conversation with his red-hot play of late, but the cloud of nagging injuries is again haunting him.

For the second straight night, Davis was forced to leave his team's game with an injury. He exited Wednesday night's contest at the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle after grabbing a rebound.

The Pelicans announced that X-rays taken were negative, but Davis did not return in the team's 114-101 win -- New Orleans' 10th straight victory. Coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will get an MRI on Thursday when the team returns home.

"Won't know anything until tomorrow," Gentry said. "They took X-rays but couldn't really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we'll go back home, and I'm sure he'll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow, and we'll have more information."

Davis, a five-time All-Star, went down after battling Kings center Kosta Koufos for a rebound. Davis winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. He remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans' locker room with 3 minutes, 11 seconds left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.

"I feel fine, but they'll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there," Davis said. "Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody's foot, because you really don't have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine."

On Tuesday night, Davis departed the team's 121-116 win at the LA Clippers with bruised ribs late in the second quarter, but he returned after halftime and scored 31 second-half points.

Despite suffering that injury in Los Angeles, Davis got the start in Sacramento and tallied 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals and an assist in 23 minutes.

He has been on a tear since teammate DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury to his left Achilles tendon. Entering Wednesday's contest, New Orleans had played 16 games since Cousins was hurt, and in that span, Davis has averaged 33.1 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 2.4 steals and 2.1 assists.

Davis has never played more than 75 games in any of his six NBA seasons.