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DAVIS SHUT DOWN FOR REST OF SEASON

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New Orleans Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis will miss the rest of the NBA season, and likely the Rio Olympics, with knee and shoulder injuries that need surgery, coach Alvin Gentry said on Sunday.

“We’re going to shut him down, so he’s done for the year,” Gentry said before the Pelicans’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Gentry also said the knee injury would probably force Davis, who won Olympic gold at London in 2012, to miss the Rio Games.

“If I was a betting man, probably so,” Gentry said.

The Pelicans did not release specifics on Davis’s left knee injury, which he sustained in a loss to Portland on Friday.

Davis’ left knee appeared to hyperextend when Jrue Holiday, defended closely by Damian Lillard, collided with Davis at the end of the first half.

“I just know that it’s something that’s very fixable,” Gentry said. “It’s just something that needs to be done in time (so that it can) heal and be ready to go. And the same thing with the shoulder.”

Davis is the Pelicans’ leading scorer with an average of 24.3 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and two blocked shots. He has been playing through a shoulder injury since November.

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