The New Orleans Pelicans are ending a season ravaged by injuries in a fitting fashion: by shutting down two more high-profile players.
The team announced Thursday that phenom forward Anthony Davis will miss the final four games of the season with back spasms. Davis' recovery time is expected to be one to two weeks.
In the same press release, the Pelicans announced guard Eric Gordon will need arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, sidelining him for the rest of the season as well. Davis will have missed 151 games in the last five years, including surgeries in each of the last three seasons. The upcoming surgery will be on his left knee, not the right knee that cost him time in 2011-12 and 2012-13. This season, Gordon averaged a career-low 15.4 points per game. In summer of 2012, New Orleans matched an offer sheet from Phoenix, signing Gordon to a four-year deal worth over $58 million. He is under contract for 2014-15 for $14.9 million and has a player option for 2015-16 worth $15.5 million.