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Anthony Davis out vs. Suns, may miss additional games

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

Anthony Davis will not play in Wednesday’s home game against the Phoenix Suns. The All-Star forward’s status beyond tonight is to be determined.

About 90 minutes prior to tip-off, Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said Davis will be held out of the Western Conference matchup vs. Phoenix. The team has not decided yet if the 21-year-old will also sit out the regular season’s final four games, including two each against Oklahoma City and Houston.

Asked specifically if the Pelicans may shut down Davis the rest of the way, Williams said, “We don’t know yet.”

Williams said Davis’ lack of improvement physically led to the decision to have him sit out vs. Phoenix. Davis tried to play throughout the Pelicans’ three-game road trip to Denver, Utah and Portland, but experienced discomfort each night.

“He wasn’t improving at the rate that we thought he should,” the fourth-year head coach said. “Back spasms for a week, that’s a different deal. When a guy wants to play, but he’s not improving, to put a guy out on the floor, you make it worse. That’s the concern. To my own detriment, we’ve done that in the past – make a guy sit down (when he potentially could’ve played through injury). With five games to go, as badly as I want to win, I don’t ever want to put somebody in jeopardy. That’s somebody’s kid, somebody’s future father. You’ve got to think about those things when you’re going for the win.”

Williams believes Davis is still growing, which may be contributing to the back injury.

“He’s probably got another inch in him (to grow), or he’s filling out (weight-wise),” Williams said. “Watching his body develop from last year to this year, he’s a different person physically. I just think he’s going through growing pains right now. It’s just a by-product that a lot of the bigger guys have.”