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New Orleans Pelicans shut down Anthony Davis for remainder of season

New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis watches from the bench during the second half on Thursday. (Matt York/Associated Press)

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis missed the second half of Friday night’s loss to Portland after banging knees with guard C.J. McCollum, and the team ruled the 23-year-old out for Sunday’s contest against the Clippers.

Sunday, the Pelicans announced that Davis will miss the remainder of the season and, likely, the Rio Olympics this summer, according to Gentry.

“He’s disappointed. He’s very disappointed,” Gentry said. “You know good and well that he loves playing and wants to be good. He feels a huge obligation to try to make this team better, try to get them back to where they were last year — making the playoffs and stuff like that.”

The Pelicans (25-43) sat 8.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference entering Sunday’s game, making their chances of playing in the postseason nearly nonexistent. Davis, who Gentry said is also dealing with a shoulder injury, missed seven games this year ahead of Sunday, part of an ongoing theme in the Big Easy.

Per ESPN, the Pelicans used 33 unique starting lineup variations, which is the most in the NBA this year. New Orleans’ players have missed 22 games due to injury.

Through 61 games this season, Davis is averaging  24.3 points (7th in NBA), 10.3 rebounds (7th) and 2.0 blocks per game (3rd). Davis’s contract stipulates an estimated $24 million bonus over the remainder of the max extension contract he signed in the off season if he makes one of three all-NBA teams at year’s end.