Things keep going from bad to worse for the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis was knocked out of tonight’s game with a shoulder injury.
According the official press release, “For the second straight Tuesday, the Pelicans will try to win a game in which Anthony Davis sustained a game-ending injury in the first half. Davis will sit out the remainder of Tuesday’s game vs. Denver with a left shoulder injury. Davis missed the second half of the Nov. 17 home game against Dallas, but the Pelicans prevailed 120-105.”
The Pelicans injury list has been downright preposterous this season, and it’s had more than a lot to do with their abysmal 1-9 record to start the season (meaning that aforementioned Dallas game was the only one they won).
How bad have things been for the Pels? In 11 games this season, they’ve had 11 different starting lineups. And now without Davis, they’re going to be forced into an extreme version of “small ball” based on necessity. Per Pelicans.com writer, Jim Eichenhofer, “With Omer Asik (illness) a late scratch and Anthony Davis’ return uncertain, NOLA now only has four guys available taller than 6-6.”
Ben Golliver of SI.com, tweet this footage of the last contact Davis incurred to his shoulder, setting a screen.
Last real contact to left shoulder for Anthony Davis prior to his exit from game was this screen on Emmanuel Mudiay pic.twitter.com/iqJ0A3gQEb
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 18, 2015
There’s no word on what the severity of the injury is or when he’ll be able to return, but if you’re a Pelicans fan, you have to start wondering when it’s appropriate to take the “Tim Duncan” approach to this whole thing, especially when LSU Tiger Ben Simmons expected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.