The New Orleans Pelicans announced that All-Star power forward Anthony Davis will miss the remaining four games of the season to allow his ailing back to heal.
The team said starting shooting guard Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Coach Monty Williams said Tuesday he didn’t expect Gordon back. Gordon, who has tendinitis in his left knee, according to the Pelicans, has not played the past nine games since coming out in the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks on March 21.
Davis was examined by team doctors, and it was determined he will need one to two weeks of rest and rehabilitation. He has been having back spasms since April 2 and didn’t play in Wednesday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns after doctors told the team the condition was not improving quickly enough.
“He desperately wants to play, but we just don’t see the benefit right now,” Williams said.
Before the Suns game, Williams said he didn’t know if Davis would be sidelined for the remaining four, but hinted that could happen because he didn’t “want to put anybody in jeopardy.”
Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, was selected to the this year’s Western Conference All-Star team. He leads the Pelicans in scoring (20.8 points per game), rebounding (10.0) and a league-leading 2.82 blocks per game in 67 games, averaging 35.2 minutes.
The Pelicans have begun touting him for the Most Improved Player Award. He also is being considered for Defensive Player of the Year.
Gordon, who is in his third year with New Orleans, played in 64 games this season, his most since playing 78 as a rookie with the Los Angeles Clippers. After missing 97 games the past two seasons due to injury, surgery, rehab or playing restrictions related to his right knee, Gordon had missed just four games this season, none because of a knee injury before coming out against Atlanta.
He averaged 15.4 points, third on the team, on 43.6 percent shooting, including 39.1 percent on 3-point attempts.
The Pelicans play at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night and at the Houston Rockets on Saturday. New Orleans plays OKC on April 14 and the Rockets on April 16 in the season finale. Both games are at the Smoothie King Center.