Anthony Davis Didn't Play 4th Quarter vs. T-Wolves Due to Minutes Restriction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis warms up for the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his first game back since injuring his left index finger last month, in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry addressed the decision to not play Anthony Davis in the fourth quarter of Friday's 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Gentry told reporters Davis reached his minutes threshold before the fourth quarter began.


Anthony Davis and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry address the decision to keep the Pelicans star on the bench in the fourth quarter tonight. #GameTime https://t.co/EZHgd8g1Za

"We had talked about playing between 22 and 25 minutes," Gentry said. "That's why he didn't go back in the game."

Davis was playing for the first time since Jan. 18 after being diagnosed with a sprained left finger. He also made a high-profile trade request but was not dealt before Thursday's deadline.

Even though Davis was limited to 25 minutes in three quarters, he made them count with 32 points and a game-high plus-minus of plus-22.

The Pelicans are stuck in an uncomfortable position. They need to play their healthy superstar to avoid incurring fines from the NBA, but if Davis sustains a serious injury, it could significantly impact his trade value this summer.

Since there isn't going to be an easy solution to the situation in the season's final two months, Davis could ride the bench in the fourth quarter of many games moving forward.