On Thursday night, the New Orleans Pelicans hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference showdown. Despite hosting a significant opponent, Pelicans fans decided to stay home, rather than attend the game,
While most of their fans were sitting at home, the Pelicans finally decided to play competitive basketball. In the weeks following Anthony Davis' trade request, the team essentially stopped playing, knowing they weren't destined for great things.
However, tonight has been a different story. The Pelicans are in a battle with the Thunder in the final seconds of the game.
Despite the success on the court, most of the headlines from tonight's game surround Anthony Davis.
The Pelicans star left tonight's game with an apparent left shoulder injury and appears to have left the stadium altogether.
Davis just made his return to the team earlier this month after missing a few weeks as he dealt with a finger strain.
Upon his return to the team, the Pelicans announced Davis would continue to play for the team despite trade rumors.
Instead of keeping him off the court to ensure his health moving forward, the team decided to play him.
That move may have come back to bite them tonight.
UPDATE: Davis suffered a muscle contusion.
He'll likely compete in the All-Star festivities this weekend.