However, despite being banged up, Davis is set to play in Sunday's All-Star Game, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Word out of the Team LeBron locker room: Anthony Davis is "good to play" in tonight's All-Star Game— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 18, 2019
During the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Davis left the game and even left the building before the final whistle. According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Davis had been diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his shoulder.
Given the recent circumstances surrounding Davis, the shoulder injury is likely to be the subject of speculation.
Davis recently requested a trade away from the Pelicans, and though his wish wasn't granted before the deadline, it likely will be in the future, and with that in mind, it is in the Pelicans' best interest to preserve their top asset; i.e. sit Davis. However, the Pelicans were warned by the NBA that they would be fined $100,000 per game for sitting a healthy Davis. Davis has also said that he wants to play while he remains on New Orleans' roster.
Ultimately, Davis and the team agreed that he would not play in back-to-backs and that his minutes would possibly be reduced, per ESPN. However, an actual injury would allow the Pelicans to sideline Davis without the risk of a fine.
After the game, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wasn't interested in discussing Davis.
"I'm going to talk about the guys who played the game," Gentry said. "They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. That's what's important."
The Pelicans star big man is slated to play as a reserve for Team LeBron in the All-Star Game.