When the New Orleans Pelicans managed to extend their ties with Anthony Davis last year for a rumored $145 million five-year max contract deal, the Pelicans somehow increased their chance for a better NBA season this year. However, such opportunity was undermined by series of injuries, which finally rendered Anthony Davis out of the Pelicans for the remaining games without any specified period of return.
Anthony Davis, who averages 24.3 points per game and 10 rebounds, was an influential factor for Pelicans push towards the playoffs. But since he is being riddled with injury, his time at the court was somehow limited by it.
Foxsport outlined the injuries of Davis since the opening of the regular season last October, and it involved sprain, concussions, and other significant and minor concerns. And most recently an unspecified shoulder concern and a recent knee injury somehow placed the game and court presence of this four-year veteran in question, thus jeopardizing his remaining appearances in the court with inconclusive comeback date.
“He has an injury on his knee and something with his shoulder. They’re going to talk to doctors this afternoon and we’ll know a lot more then… I just know that (his shoulder has been) bothering him. We’re going to be on a conference call with doctors today. I think it’s something that’s kind of been there,” head coach Alvin Gentry said via NBA.com
This news of Davis unable to play for the Pelicans’ remaining games will undoubtedly be affecting their playoffs push, especially that they have been struggling to go above the 12th place in the Western Conference to recreate their relative success of last year’s regular season of the NBA.
It can be remembered that the Pelicans was able to reach the playoffs last year, but this remaining regular season games, the Pelicans will really have a hard time without Anthony’s presence.
This unprecedented reaction and move of the Pelicans’ front office is disappointing from a short-term perspective, but seeing it from a long-term view, such move is commendable. Not taking any chances on your star player’s health is surely worth any anticipated games that may come without uncertain rewards.
Fans would just have to wait for further updates to know if Anthony Davis will be able to play in the remaining 14 games of the Pelicans.
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