Anthony Davis Injures Shoulder in Win vs. Thunder

Anthony Davis with Pelicans in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

While the New Orleans Pelicans were able to upset the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 131-122 win on Thursday night, the team suffered a scare after star forward Anthony Davis exited the game in the first half with a shoulder injury.

Davis, who requested a trade in the weeks leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline but was not dealt by New Orleans, injured his left shoulder while attempting to block a shot by OKC’s Nerlens Noel.

The Pelicans’ star man left the Smoothie King Center after suffering the injury with his agent Rich Paul to undergo tests on the extent of the shoulder injury.

Fortunately for Davis and for the Pelicans, it appears that the injury suffered by Davis was minor. The MRI showed only a contusion and no severe structural damage.

Davis plans to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he will be a starter in Sunday’s NBA All Star Game, to receive treatment before Sunday’s matchup.

Davis had scored 14 points and four rebounds before exiting Thursday’s game.

The star power forward should not miss too much time with his injury even if he is unable to play in Sunday’s All Star Game.

The Pelicans still plan to trade Davis this offseason.