Anthony Davis: 'Nobody Was Interested in Playing' in Pelicans' Loss vs. Magic

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - FEBRUARY 12: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during the second half against the Orlando Magic at the Smoothie King Center on February 12, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis wasn't happy with his team's effort in a 118-88 loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

"We sucked," Davis told reporters afterward. "Nobody was interested in playing, is what it looked like."

The center had his worst game of the season, finishing with three points on 1-of-9 shooting. It was only the second time in 44 games he failed to reach double figures, while New Orleans was minus-16 in the 24 minutes he played.

Davis didn't play the entire fourth quarter with the team trailing by more than 20.

The All-Star was in his third game back from a finger injury that cost him three weeks of action. However, the predominant story in New Orleans in recent weeks surrounded his trade request. The team fielded offers but wasn't able to come to a deal before the trade deadline.

The organization then decided to let him play the rest of the year rather than keep him out to preserve his health for a potential offseason trade.

Granted, the performance against the Magic likely isn't what many were expecting from him going forward.

The Pelicans are mostly out of the playoff race at 25-33, but Tuesday's blowout loss against the Magic was nevertheless a disappointment.

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