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Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) attempts to block New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis from making a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans , La., Saturday, March 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)


Anthony Davis has a new injury and, apparently, and old one, and the struggling Pelicans will at least take a look at shutting down their franchise player for the season.

Team officials were due to have a conference call with doctors on Saturday afternoon, coach Alvin Gentry said, to discuss the left knee injury Davis sustained in Friday's loss to Portland along with a shoulder injury that Gentry said he thinks has "kind of been there" previously.

The team figured to have significantly more information after that conference call, but Gentry didn't rule out the possibility of sitting Davis – who is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game for New Orleans' final 14 games.

Asked if two injuries might make the team more likely to shut down Davis, Gentry said, "I wouldn't say no to that. I think we've got to be smart collectively, along with him."

The Pelicans are 25-43 and 8½ games out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, on the verge of mathematical elimination from playoff contention. Any combination of Mavericks wins and Pelicans losses totaling six would knock New Orleans out of the playoff race.

With their playoff chances increasingly rare, the Pelicans will at least consider sitting Davis for the stretch run, but Gentry said the team would have a better feel for Davis' health later on Saturday.

"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," Gentry said. "But I think that's something that you would definitely have to consider."