Anthony Davis did not play the second half last night against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a knee injury. This morning Davis did not participate in practice. Might the New Orleans Pelicans consider shutting the three-time All-Star forward for the remainder of the season? Alvin Gentry mentioned in his media availability after practice that the Pelicans will "at least have to consider" it.
This season Davis has played in 61 games; his career best is 68 (last year). With 14 games remaining Davis is averaging 24.3 points (good for 7th in the league), 10.3 rebounds (also 7th), and 2.0 blocks (3rd). His PER, "just" 25.2, is good enough for 7th in the NBA as well.
Anthony Davis has both a knee injury and "something on his shoulder," Alvin Gentry says. Team will talk with doctors today.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) March 19, 2016
Asked Gentry if 2 injuries at this stage of season make the Pelicans more inclined to shut down Anthony Davis: "I wouldn't say no to that."— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) March 19, 2016
Gentry says shutting down Davis is something Pelicans at least have to consider.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) March 19, 2016
Should the Pelicans follow through and shut Davis down for the remainder of the season it will have significant impacts throughout the future of the franchise. We will cover those in more depth in an upcoming article. For now, let's hear your reaction to the Pelicans possibly shutting Davis down for the season. Good idea?