Anthony Davis unhappy over Monday’s fourth-quarter benching
Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have no choice but to begrudgingly coexist for the balance of the season, but there are bound to be significant bumps in the road ahead of an inevitable blockbuster trade this summer.
One of those aforementioned bumps came Monday night, when the Pelicans sat Davis for the entire fourth quarter in a 111-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Smoothie King Center.
After the game, Davis expressed disappointment over not seeing any action down the stretch, although he did praise his teammates for putting up a solid effort in his absence, per video from ABC26’s Karen Loftus.
This is what the new "minutes restriction Anthony Davis era" is going to look like it seems– he sat the entire 4th quarter and played less than 7 minutes in the 3rd in a game where the #Pelicans had a chance to come back and win it. Weird, right? He thinks so too: pic.twitter.com/PHXblSdKXA— Karen Loftus (@kcloftus) February 26, 2019
“I’ve never been a guy who sat in the fourth quarter,” Davis said. “And I’ll sit on the bench and cheer for these guys, and they did a good job tonight.”
As alluded to in the above tweet, the Pelicans announced last week that Davis would be put on a minutes restriction for the rest of the season after the Pelicans either failed to or were unwilling to deal him ahead of the trade deadline.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry indicated ahead of Monday’s game that the team is being completely transparent with Davis over how he’ll be used the balance of the season. Further, Gentry added Davis would start and see about 20 minutes against the Sixers. The superstar played 21.
Still, the ugliness of the situation cannot be understated, and it continues to worsen with each passing week, as evidenced by how Davis is being routinely booed by the home crowd during pregame introductions.
Can confirm: Anthony Davis still being booed during Pelicans introductions. pic.twitter.com/fTDOizQwH5— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) February 26, 2019
Davis ought to expect the same rough treatment ahead of every home game for the rest of the season.