Alvin Gentry will consider shutting Anthony Davis down for season
The New Orleans Pelicans are all but eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race, and with Anthony Davis battling injuries, coach Alvin Gentry conceded that he would have to consider sitting him for the remainder of the season.
Davis had a knee-on-knee collision with Portland’s C.J. McCollum during Friday’s game against Portland and will miss Sunday’s game against the Clippers at the very minimum. Gentry admitted Friday night that the team may have to think about shutting Davis down for the season to prevent further damage.
“I wouldn’t say no to that. I wouldn’t say no to that,” Gentry said on the topic of resting Davis, via ESPN’s Justin Verrier. “I think we’ve gotta be smart collectively, along with him. And like I said, I think we’ll know a lot more after they talk to the doctors today. And then I think there can be some decisions made. I think that’s something that he would definitely have to consider.”
Gentry conceded several weeks ago that the Pelicans are out of the playoff race. If Davis is banged up, there is no reason to risk him and his future in dead-end games.