[Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect more specific reports on the injuries sustained]
Well, that's all folks. Alvin Gentry said in a press conference prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers Anthony Davis has been shut down for the rest of the season. Davis has been battling through a torn labrum in his left shoulder which will require surgery in addition to a new injury to his left knee suffered against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Coach Gentry just announced that @AntDavis23 won't play again this season. Watch the presser - https://t.co/IFLEDJxnPT— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) March 20, 2016
Anthony Davis played through the torn labrum in his left shoulder for what sounds like pretty much the whole season.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) March 20, 2016
#Pelicans Anthony Davis will undergo surgery on his shoulder and a "procedure" on his knee.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) March 20, 2016
The news comes a day after ESPN ran a story stating that the Pelicans ultimately would consider letting Davis go on the mend for the rest of the team's games. Injuries once again plagued the Pelicans' season, as Davis will join a litany of Pelicans players, including Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans, who have curtailed their 2015-2016 campaigns.
Although slumping in production from last year's superb season, Davis still led the team in points, rebounds, and blocks, posting a stat line of 24.3 points, 2.0 blocks, and 10.3 rebounds over the course of 61 games. In the Pelicans' most recent game against Portland, Davis exited with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter, limping off with what appeared to be a left knee injury. He finished with 19 points in 14 minutes.
With this news, the Pelicans appear to resign themselves to elimination from the playoffs, an admission of the inevitable. Davis's injury is the coup de grace on a Pelicans season which has been begging for a sorry conclusion for some time now. Specifics of the expected surgery (or surgeries) are so far unreleased.
Tonight, the increasingly embattled, Davis-less Pelicans will run into the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. For a preview and in-game coverage and more news on Davis, keep it locked to The Bird Writes.