Pelicans’ Davis plans to play against Celtics

NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told reporters that he plans to play Monday night against the Boston Celtics after missing Saturday’s loss to the Wizards with a right hip strain.

“That’s my plan,” Davis told reporters after the team’s shootaround Monday morning. “My plan is always to play. I have to get evaluated and see how it feels over this couple of hours before the game and go from there.”

Davis, who is averaging 27 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday night’s road loss to the Knicks, though he did return for the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. Saturday’s loss in Washington marked the fourth game he has missed this season. The Pelicans have lost them all.

New Orleans enters Monday night’s action riding a three-game losing streak. The Pelicans hold a 10-10 record — the same as Boston — and sit in eighth place in the West.

Boston, meanwhile, will be without Jaylen Brown, who didn’t attend shootaround after suffering a hard fall and injuring his back late in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss in Dallas.

Brown said he would be all right after Saturday’s loss, but he was ruled out Monday morning.

“He’s in a pool somewhere doing a workout,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Stevens said he would determine who would replace Brown in Boston’s starting lineup closer to tip Monday night.

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