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March 20, 2015 Updates

New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle during the team's shootaround and had to sit out the game against the Phoenix Suns later Thursday night. The injury comes with the Pelicans in a tight battle for the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. USA Today Sports

March 19, 2015 Updates

''I have matured more,'' Gordon said. ''But I would say a lot of people doubted me because you know they thought I didn't want to be here. I'm here to do what's best for the team as always. It has been a different road, but the support system is a lot better. I just believe when you think about winning, people do things and think positive. I just tried to get healthy, do the things that I can do to help this team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 18, 2015 Updates

Last season, Gordon was relatively unscathed until the final month of the season, even leading the Pelicans in minutes played for a good stretch of the year, when knee issues cost him the last 18 games of the season. And it could have been more of the same this year were it not for Gordon's resolve to rehabilitate a painful torn labrum in his left shoulder instead of undergoing surgery that essentially would have terminated his season after only a dozen games. "He just doesn't get enough credit for that," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "He could have had the surgery months ago when it happened and gotten himself ready for next year, which would be a contract year for him. Most guys would have opted for that. "His decision to hold off on that and help our team, I think, has been one of the unsung acts of this year, him not having that surgery. Who knows where we'd be if we didn't have Eric. And who knows where we would have been had he been healthy those 20 (actually 21) games." New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 16, 2015 Updates

Davis is also eligible for the "fifth year 30 percent max criteria," which allows eligible players on rookie deals to get a four-year extension and make up to 30 percent of their team's cap if they reach certain criteria. In Davis' case, he could reach the criteria if he is voted in as an All-Star starter for a second time in 2015. Davis was voted in as an All-Star starter this year, though he was injured and could not play in the game. Davis' representatives have not yet decided how to proceed with the Pelicans, two sources said over the weekend. NBA.com

March 14, 2015 Updates
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For example, why is New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, who entered this season as a career 36.8 percent three-point shooter, connecting on a sizzling 46.1 percent of his attempts this season, the second-best rate in the NBA? According to Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson, a former NBA guard who works extensively with the team’s backcourt players, it’s almost entirely been a matter of Gordon’s improved health. Gordon has battled injuries since coming to New Orleans in 2011, most often related to his right knee, causing him to miss 100-plus games over four seasons. He’s rarely entered a Pelicans training camp at 100 percent. The fall of 2014 was finally different, however, with the seven-year NBA veteran able to go through training camp and preseason without any limitations. NBA.com

“He’s a sticker. He can shoot,” said point guard Norris Cole, who made his Pelicans debut in that game, facing his ex-team. “Everyone in the league knows the scouting report: Close out on him. And even if you close out on him, he can still make it. He’s a prolific shooter. Obviously he works on it a lot.” That too has been critical to Gordon’s improvement. Though he suffered more bad luck Nov. 22 when a right shoulder injury at Utah caused him to miss 21 games, his lower body has been fine all season, providing the basis for a career shooting year. “What helps is he’s getting the reps up, because he’s healthy now,” Vinson said. “He’s more apt to be in the gym getting up extra shots, as opposed to being in the training room, trying to protect his body and prepare himself to be able to play. Now that he’s healthy, he can get out on the court early before shootaround, or get extra shots in after practice. He’s able to say, ‘OK, I feel good, I can get those extra shots up.’ His health has been huge.” NBA.com

March 11, 2015 Updates

Anthony Davis left the Team USA experience poised for a breakout campaign and hasn’t disappointed. He has posted the second-highest player efficiency rating in NBA history. He is also a dark horse MVP candidate with the New Orleans Pelicans sitting a half-game out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. “It definitely built my confidence. Playing the way I played, playing a part in helping that win,” said Davis, the leading all-star vote getter among West big men. I feel like I got better, I learned from all of them elite players, great coaches. I built my knowledge of the game of basketball. All the stuff we learned, I took all of that knowledge and tried to do the same thing to lead this team to have a better season.” Washington Post

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