Pelicans star Anthony Davis made it clear he wasn’t happy with the Pelicans’ performance after New Orleans fell 118-88 to the Magic on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) in one of the team’s worst games of the season.
“We sucked,” Davis said, via NOLA.com. “Nobody was interested in playing, that’s what it looked like. You play a team like that fighting for a spot, you should expect that to happen.”
Davis, who played 24 minutes and finished with three points, six rebounds and three blocks while shooting 1 of 9 from the field, simply said the Magic “came out ready to play.”
“We missed a lot of shots, easy shots, layups and stuff, that we normally make,” Davis explained. “They came out more desperate. They were playing like we were fighting for something.”
Davis had been sidelined for nine games due to fracturing his finger in January, but returned in a restricted role last week. The 25-year-old forward’s long-term future with the Pelicans came into question recently as Davis requested a trade in January and there was speculation he would be moved before the trade deadline last week, however, he remains with the team.
While Davis admitted last week he didn’t think he would play with the Pelicans again following his trade request, coach Alvin Gentry blatantly said he’s ready to move on from the topic.
“We’ve been talking about it now for three weeks,” Gentry said, per NOLA.com. “It doesn’t matter. What we need to do is bury it. We need to bury it and get through the season and then whatever happens after that, happens after that. We have to get to the point where we’re not bringing this up every time I step in front of the cameras.
“To be honest with you, most of the answers if you want, you’ll have to go to him and ask him. We have to get back to normal, whatever or new normal is. We have to get back to that and put all the other stuff behind us and just start playing and trying to win basketball games and trying to compete and trying to get our young players better. That’s all I want to do. That’s it. And I’m not going to talk about it anymore.”
Davis, a six-time All-Star, is averaging 28.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field with 13.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists through 44 games this season.
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