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Bird Feed: Pelicans Up in Power Rankings and Big Man Injuries

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SB Nation

Down one spot to 15.

This week was a roller coaster for the Pelicans. Snapping the Hawks' winning streak was a great way to start the week, but splitting games against the Thunder and getting run out of the building by the Bulls left much to be desired.

It's been much of the same story for New Orleans this season: Anthony Davis needs to stay on the floor. He hurt his shoulder and missed most of the Saturday beatdown after taking a hard fall.

Still, it's hard to feel down about the Pelicans after Davis hit (arguably) the shot of the year against the Thunder:

NBA.com

Up one spot to 11.

There was another Anthony Davis injury scare and the Pelicans got thumped once their star left Saturday's game against the Bulls. But as long as his shoulder sprain isn't long-term, the good - ending the Hawks' winning streak and earning a home-and-home split against the Thunder on Davis' ridiculous game-winner - outweighed the bad last week.

ESPN

Up one spot to 12.

The Pels would gladly trade in their stirring win over OKC in that Game of the Season contender if it meant that the hero could quickly shake his sudden shoulder woes. With his current PER of 31.80, Anthony Davis has a shot to best Wilt Chamberlain's all-time PER record of 31.82 in 1962-63.

Sports Illustrated

Unmoved at 14..

It’d be cruel for the basketball gods to take The Brow away from us (and, more importantly, the Pelicans), but it appears we’ve been spared. Anthony Davis tested the limits of our imagination with 41 points, 10 rebounds and a double-clutch buzzer-beating three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Yahoo! Sports

Up one spot to 13.

Anthony Davis is out against Utah on Monday night because of a shoulder injury. Should there be concern about his status for the All-Star Game?

CBS Sports

Up three spots to 11th.

Over the last 10 games, Tyreke Evans is averaging 17 points and, more importantly, nine assists per game. He's not getting enough credit for how much he's helped the Pelicans stay in the playoff race. It's not just Anthony Davis. (But seriously, Anthony Davis is amazing.)

News of Note

Blake Griffin Out 4-6 Weeks: Clip Nation on the injury. Michael Pena of Sports on Earth thinks this could doom the Clippers chances of making the playoffs.

Steven Adams Out Minimum of 3 Weeks: Welcome to Loud City breaks down what the injury could mean to the Thunder's playoff chances.