NEW ORLEANS – An MR on pelicans star Anthony Davis left shoulder on Thursday night revealed a muscle contraction but "no sin", a source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Davis was injured in the last half of the first half during Thursday's 131-122 victory over Thunder, when he crashed into Oklahoma City's Nerel's Noel, committing a foul when he tried to block Noel's shot. Davis did not return to the bench halfway and left the Smoothie King Center with agent Rich Paul during the game to get an MR.
A source told Shelburne that Davis will go to Charlotte, North Carolina – site for Sunday's All Star Game – and get treatment on the shoulder in the next few days. Davis will see how he feels before deciding if he can play Sunday.
Pelican's coach Alvin Gentry, who informed journalists after Tuesday's exhaustion loss to Orlando Magic, as he finished discussing the drama from David's trade inquiry, praised his players for pulling out the win in the midst of a tumultuous past few weeks.
"I'm happy for all of them," said Gentry after the pelicans gave Thunder just their second loss during Russell Westbrook's record strike of 11 consecutive triples. "To tell the truth, this has been a dumpster fire. We want guys to be professional and we want them to do that, but it is difficult for guys to go through what they have gone through in order to get out and hit one team of that quality, I'm happy for all the guys. I just thought they did a good job. "
Asked if it bothered him that Davis left the building repeated Gentry that he was" happy for the guys who played the game and we won. "
Pelican's head coach Alvin Gentry brushes off questions about Anthony Davis, opens up the pelican season so it goes away to finish his media session.
"I'll talk about the guys playing," Gentry said. "They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. It's important."
Davis ended with 14 points and four rebounds Thursday. He came from a three-point, six-rebound performance in a home-run loss to the Orlando Magic.
Pelicans forward / center Julius Randle helped fill the gap left by Davis's absence, finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jrue Holiday had 32 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assisted and played a prominent role in keeping the Thunder star Paul George to 11-of-29 shooter.
"What really burned us knew we were going into the break and not having a game as the last match," said Holiday, who was not aware of Davis's injury until seconds before the third quarter began. "[We didn’t want that] feel we showed the fans that we are not here to play and do our jobs."