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Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon out for rest of season

Apr 10, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

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Anthony Davis elevated himself from promising rookie to legitimate superstar.

Eric Gordon is having arguably the worst season of his career.

But those Pelicans, on opposite tracks, will continue to share something – an outside perception they’re injury prone.

Pelicans team release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward/center Anthony Davis (back spasms) and guard Eric Gordon (left knee) will miss the remainder of the season.

Davis was examined by team physicians, who determined that his injury will require 1-2 weeks of rest and rehabilitation.

Gordon will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week and is expected to make a full recovery.

Davis missed 18 games last season, and he will have missed 15 this season. He’s been hit by a variety of issues, which usually indicates bad luck more than being injury prone, but it’s impossible to look at his thin frame for his position and not wonder how well he can hold up.

More concerning, Gordon will have now missed 18, 40, 57, 16 and 20 games in the last five years. That’s every season since his rookie year. It’s much easier to label him injury prone.

Going forward, the Pelicans will have to address best practices to keep those two on the court.

In the meantime, they’re more likely to lose their final four games – at Thunder, at Rockets, vs. Thunder, vs. Rockets – and extend their losing streak to 10. That could help the Pelicans increase their lottery odds.

More likely, they’re just improving the position of Philadelphia, which gets New Orleans’ first-round pick unless it falls in the top five.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Tanking. Anthony Davis is fine.

    • bougin89 - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      “More likely, they’re just improving the position of Philadelphia, which gets New Orleans’ first-round pick unless it falls in the top five.”

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        They land in the top five if they get one of the top three picks, which are up for lottery. Right now, I believe Cleveland is only a half game ahead of them in the lottery. So if NO can lose and go below Cleveland, it’s still unlikely that they get a top 3 pick, but it certainly will improve their chances.

      • bougin89 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        True, but their are 8 teams below Cleveland and New Orleans. So assuming they finish below Celevand they would still really, really unlikely odds to creep into the top 5. Crazy things have happened though so it can’t be totally ruled out. If it were me I’d let Davis play out the season and finish on a high note. He’s playing incredibly well.

  2. 13arod - Apr 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    ProBasketballPundit he was examined by team doctors he really has back problems

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I just hate this time of year when every team shuts their guys down. Some are legit, some aren’t. So I’ve just been commenting “tanking” on every single article to cover my bases.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Apr 10, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Anthony Davis needs some core strength! He can be a great player in the league, but he needs some meet on those bones and in the right areas (the core!).

  4. crnvic847 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Jeez the NBA schedule makers didn’t do the Pelicans any favors. Final four games are two against OKC and two against Houston? Wow, that is a tough end to their regular season schedule.

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