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Pelicans star Anthony Davis’ shoulder injury diagnosed as muscle contusion

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The New Orleans Pelicans did not have an entirely lovely night on Valentine’s Day. Although they took down Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at home, 131-122, they saw star big man Anthony Davis leave the game with an apparent shoulder injury during the waning moments of the first half.

In a recent update from Sam Amick of USA TODAY, it’s been revealed that Davis appeared to have avoided a serious injury.

After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.

While seeing Davis get hurt is certainly not an ideal way to punctuate the first half of the season for the Pelicans, the team could at least breathe a huge sigh of relief over the fact that the talented former big man did not break or tear any part of his body. Otherwise, they will have a massive headache to deal with, especially with the possibility of the Pelicans trying to ship the former Kentucky Wildcats biggie in the offseason after failing to do so at the trade deadline.

Davis was unable to return to the Thunder game and, in fact, left the arena together with his agent, Rich Paul, long before the match was decided. Before his exit, he collected 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting to go with four rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block in 16 minutes of action.