After leaving Wednesday’s game with an apparent knee injury, Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham has been diagnosed with a non-displaced right proximal fibula fracture, the team announced today (via Twitter). According to the Pelicans, the injury is expected to sideline Cunningham for the next four to six weeks.
It’s a tough break for a team that was hit hard last season by injuries and has already had to deal with some health issues this season. New Orleans’ backcourt has been impacted more by injuries in the early going, with Tyreke Evans and Quincy Pondexter having missed the first month of the season. However, Anthony Davis has also been a little banged up, and now Cunningham may not return until the new year.
Although Cunningham isn’t one of the Pelicans’ top scorers, averaging just 5.6 PPG, he has started 10 of his 15 games for the team so far, averaging 23.5 minutes per contest. The 29-year-old, who missed a game earlier in the season due to a suspension, has also chipped in 3.9 RPG and has shown off an improved three-point shot, making 41.0% of his attempts from long range.