Anthony Davis out for Pelicans-Magic

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LeBron James isn’t the only MVP candidate missing a game tonight.

Anthony Davis is joining the club.

(At least we still have the highly anticipated James HardenRussell Westbrook matchup, right? Please don’t take that away).

Justin Verrier of ESPN:

The Pelicans have two wins. Davis has 1.8 win shares.

On the bright – bright? – side, New Orleans has been about as bad with Davis on the court as off. The team hasn’t found much that consistently works, so at least going back to the drawing board won’t require disrupting a positive. But finding a formula that works is obviously so much harder without your best player.

This is welcome news for the Magic, who are trying to get back on track after losing four of five. They open a stretch of winnable games, though if they can’t beat the Pelicans without Davis, that opens a lot of questions about whether any game is winnable for Orlando.