Anthony Davis Injury Update: Should Pelicans Press The Panic Button?

Anthony Davis Injury Update: Should Pelicans Press The Panic Button?
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Anthony Davis sat out of Wednesday’s loss against Oklahoma City Thunder as the New Orleans Pelicans stumbled to a shocking 1-11 record in the Western Conference.


During Tuesday night’s loss against Denver Nuggets, Davis exited the game in the first quarter after injuring his left shoulder. While Davis joined his teammates on the flight to Oklahoma City, he didn’t participate in scrimmages ahead of the game against Thunder.

This is the second injury Davis has suffered inside a week. Last Tuesday, against the Dallas Mavericks, Davis left the game with a bruised right hip and subsequently missed two games before returning on Sunday against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Last year, Davis was hailed as a future MVP candidate after leading Pelicans to their first playoff berth since the Chris Paul era. But the Brow hasn’t lived up to expectations this season.

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“He’s having trouble raising his arm up to the part where he can be effective,’” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said ahead of Wednesday’s game against Thunder. “’As tough as it is for us and what we’re going through, we still got to think long-term. I think it’s important for us to think long term. This is not anything that anybody enjoys going through.’”

Pelicans are reeling with multiple injuries. Omer Asik, the starting center, was forced out of Tuesday’s game with a stomach illness. Starting point guard Jrue Holiday has yet to be cleared to participate in back-to-back games after undergoing a surgery to repair his lower right leg.

Clearly, Davis and the Pelicans don’t have the rub of the green going their way.