Jim Eichenhofer: Some #Pelicans injury updates: Miller …

Jim Eichenhofer: Some #Pelicans injury updates: Miller likely out for season; Jackson status is TBD, hopeful he can clear concussion protocol soon enough to play again this season; Moore probably out for season. Anthony Davis (back) likely to be a game-time decision Sunday vs. Lakers

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Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton has been added to the injury report with a right wrist contusion. He's questionable. Anthony Davis is also listed as probable with lower back spasms. pic.twitter.com/sl1W6TqLL0
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Sam Amick: 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.
Despite Anthony Davis being listed as questionable headed into Wednesday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team plans to sit the five-time All-Star center until after Thursday's trade deadline. "He is [available], but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said. "I think everybody can understand that."
"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the backburner, and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up [after Davis is traded], at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be. It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."
Erik Horne: Pelicans coming into Oklahoma City battling injuries. No Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain), Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), E'Twaun Moore (rest), or Julius Randle (right ankle sprain). Randle, who's killed the Thunder this season, was ruled out just minutes ago.
Jennifer Hale: The @PelicansNBA Anthony Davis tried hard to play tonight: he was at shoot around, came to the arena tonight, his family is here. This stomach bug, which has affected other teams members too, made it impossible to get on the court tonight. #MINvsNOP
Scott Souza: #Pelicans Anthony Davis will play tonight; no restrictions.
Jim Eichenhofer: Julius Randle postgame radio with @995WRNO, on Anthony Davis scoring 6 pts but blocking 5 shots in 26 minutes: “He was hurt, so it took away from his aggression (on offense), but for him to have that type of impact on the defensive end, it really propelled us to the win.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on Anthony Davis (hip) status for Monday at Boston: “It will be evaluated later. A lot of times it’s the next day where the pain is. We’ll have to wait and see. If he’s not ready to go, we’re not going to press the issue - not less than 30 games into the season.”
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis was struck in the hip in a collision with Blake Griffin and walked gingerly to bench. During this timeout, he is headed with trainer to #Pelicans locker room
Rod Beard: #Pelicans Anthony Davis (right hip) is questionable to return after the big collision with #Pistons Blake Griffin.
Gary Washburn: Anthony Davis will play, according to #Pelicans
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told reporters that he plans to play Monday night against the Boston Celtics after missing Saturday's loss to the Wizards with a right hip strain. "That's my plan," Davis told reporters after the team's shootaround Monday morning. "My plan is always to play. I have to get evaluated and see how it feels over this couple of hours before the game and go from there."
Tom Westerholm: Alvin Gentry says he believes Anthony Davis will play tonight (still doesn’t sound absolutely certain).
Kyle Draper: #Pelicans expect Anthony Davis to play tonight vs #Celtics. Davis tells me he’s fine. He missed the Pels last game with a strained right hip. Watch tonight on @NBCSBoston with a PreGame at 7pm #NBA pic.twitter.com/SjIuZ91Dig
For a second straight game, New Orleans will face a formidable Northwest Division foe Monday, again without the services of five-time All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Just prior to this morning’s shootaround in Colorado, Davis (right elbow sprain) was officially ruled out of a Western Conference meeting with the Denver Nuggets.
Davis’ status going forward is day-to-day, with New Orleans fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry saying, “He still has a sore elbow. We’re not going to take any chances six games into the season. When he feels better, we’ll play him.”
“We’ve got to do a little more,” said Jrue Holiday, who indicated that he expects to slide over to point guard in Monday’s game. “Rebounding, (without) his presence on the court, sometimes being a little more physical on the bigs. The guards, we have to crack back and keep those bigs off the boards.”
Scott Kushner: "He did it last night, but it was not even a factor until he got home. There was some soreness. Obviously we are not going to take any risk with that." - Alvin Gentry, on Anthony Davis' elbow injury, which sidelines him for tonight's game vs. Jazz.
Oleh Kosel: Regarding Anthony Davis, Alvin Gentry says he remains questionable. A determination will be made on his availabilty once he warms up.
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' right ankle is an issue for the #Pelicans star and that he probably wouldn't have remained in the Portland loss if not for the current situation in the West Standings. AD clearly playing through some pain.
Scott Kushner: Gentry confirmed AD "tried it" warming up on sprained ankle. He won't say AD's officially out "until there's about 40 secs left on the clock". Gentry is "optimistic" Davis will be back by Sunday. "I don't think think it's that big of a deal. It's a sprained ankle. It'll be OK."
For the second straight night, Davis was forced to leave his team's game with an injury. He exited Wednesday night's contest at the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle after grabbing a rebound. The Pelicans announced that X-rays taken were negative, but Davis did not return in the team's 114-101 win -- New Orleans' 10th straight victory. Coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will get an MRI on Thursday when the team returns home.
"Won't know anything until tomorrow," Gentry said. "They took X-rays but couldn't really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we'll go back home, and I'm sure he'll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow, and we'll have more information."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry is “under the assumption” Anthony Davis (ankle) will play tonight. Not expected to have a minutes restriction if he’s able to go.
New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that star forward Anthony Davis will miss Wednesday's road tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he hopes that Davis' absence will be a short one.
Will Guillory: Pelicans announce Anthony Davis will play tonight, Rajon Rondo (rest) will sit. Ian Clark starts in his place
Jake Madison: Gentry says the plan with Anthony Davis is to work him out and reevaluate each day. Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later
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Ja Morant: I'm a Top 5 point guard

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What do you think of Dillon Brooks as a defender and as a player overall for this team? Ja Morant: Dillon is an important piece to this team offensively and defensively. I’ve been saying a lot now that I feel like he doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his defense, especially against some of the top guys. Some of them probably won’t admit it, but I feel like most of the games when they struggled, Dillon was guarding them. Soon, that’ll come that he gets his respect for that. Offensively, how he’s able to score the ball from all three levels is big-time for us.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "There’s no room for players who do not want to get vaccinated"

“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
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