Pelicans to rest Davis against Lakers

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Following the Los Angeles Lakers' 128-115 road loss to the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, James sounded fearful that his squad has grown numb to losing.

The Pelicans were finishing a set of back-to-back games after losing 126-111 at IN on Friday.

The Pelicans rested Anthony Davis in the game.

Davis has made it clear he won't re-sign with New Orleans when his contract ends after next season, so the Pelicans plan to scale back his usage. It's also possible that New Orleans would love to send Davis home and keep his high trade value intact with the offseason being just a few months away. The Pelicans clearly weren't thrilled with the timing of Davis' trade demand and wanted to strike back at the perception that stars are moving to big markets.

As mentioned earlier, the Pelicans can't shut down Davis, as they would face a hefty $100,000 fine for each game he misses without injury.

"If you're looking along the lines that it has any significance that we're playing the Lakers, no, it has nothing to do with it", Gentry said before the game. The Lakers tried to acquire Davis before this season's February 7 trade deadline, but the Pelicans declined to move him, opting instead to wait until the offseason, when more will be known about draft slots and more teams can make concrete offers.

A six-time All-Star, Davis is averaging 27.8 points and 12.8 rebounds this season.

The official reason for Davis not playing was rest. "I mean, it's just a regular-season game".

Gentry also said he retains "a ton of respect" for Demps.

"I'm not saying that's what we are as a whole, kind of looks like that at times that sometimes we're afraid to being uncomfortable". We tried to stop him as a facilitator as much as we probably could. "So we have to start buying into the scouting report and start buying into each other and start to play for each other a lot more".

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