Pelicans’ Davis suffers shoulder contusion; X-rays negative

Anthony Davis (right) hasn't had much luck against his hometown Chicago Bulls.

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Anthony Davis has made it look routine so many other times, but Saturday night vs. the Chicago Bulls was different. 

As Davis went up to catch an alley-oop from Tyreke Evans with 5:28 left in the second quarter, he seemed to have too much forward momentum to control his landing, despite trying to hang onto the rim.

Davis flipped backward, feet up in the air, landing hard on his right shoulder.

The 21-year-old All Star tried to get up and keep playing in front of a sold out New Orleans crowd, despite carrying that right arm in an awkward position. Coach Monty Williams subbed Davis out at 4:16 left in the second quarter, sending him to the locker room for evaluation.

X-rays came back negative, but doctors diagnosed Davis with a right shoulder contusion. He did not return for the rest of the contest, a Bulls’ 107-72 rout.

There seems to be something ominous for Davis about playing against his hometown Bulls. Coming into Saturday’s matchup, Davis had missed two of five games against Chicago because of injury: one in 2012-13 due to a concussion and one last season because of a hand injury.

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