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this is a discussion within the Pelicans Community Forum; With the New Orleans Pelicans having no legitimate shot to make the playoffs with 14 games left, star forward Anthony Davis will not play again this season. Per Pelicans radio broadcaster Sean Kelley and ESPN.com's Justin Verrier , New Orleans ...

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Old 03-20-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
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Anthony Davis Ruled out for Rest of 2015-16 Season with Knee, Shoulder Injuries

With the New Orleans Pelicans having no legitimate shot to make the playoffs with 14 games left, star forward Anthony Davis will not play again this season.

Per Pelicans radio broadcaster Sean Kelley and ESPN.com's Justin Verrier, New Orleans is shutting Davis down because of knee and shoulder injuries.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talked Sunday about the decision to sit Davis late in the season, per NBA.com:
We’re going to shut him down. He’s done for the year. It’s unfortunate, but he’s got an issue with his shoulder that he’s played with the whole season. It’s amazing when people talk about him being soft or whatever; they don’t understand that he’s played through a situation with his shoulder the entire season.

This course of action does not come as a surprise, as Gentry told reporters Saturday the Pelicans were not ruling anything out, per Verrier: "I think we've gotta be smart collectively, along with him. And like I said, I think we'll know a lot more after they talk to the doctors today. And then I think there can be some decisions made."

Davis has been banged up most of the season, most recently suffering a knee injury during Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers that forced him to the bench.

While Davis has not been as dominant in 2015-16 as he was last year, he's still one of the NBA's best players and was averaging 24.3 points and a career-high 10.3 rebounds per game.

Even though it would be nice for the Pelicans to have Davis on the floor down the stretch if he were healthy, there was nothing to gain. They are 25-43, last in the Southwest Division, and 8.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the final playoff spot.

This has been a frustrating season for everyone in New Orleans, especially after last year's 45-win campaign and playoff appearance. Losing Davis only adds to the exasperation for the Pelicans, though hopefully they will be better off in the long run after allowing him to heal up for next season.

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Old 03-20-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
 
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Re: Anthony Davis Ruled out for Rest of 2015-16 Season with Knee, Shoulder Injuries

Save $ on his salary next year ... and get a lottery number one pick!
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