Anthony Davis’ injury became the main discussion for LeBron James and the LA Lakers after they were defeated by the Phoenix Suns 100-92 in game 4 of their best-of-seven first round series. The Suns separated the series 2-2 and regained their home advantage by winning the NBA playoffs in 2021.
After the game, James was asked about Anthony Davis’ injury and what it meant to his team when they returned to Phoenix for the crucial Game 5.
“If he’s not ready for game 5, it will be a hard blow for our ball club.” James said.
James had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of action. He also had a plus / minus rating of +6, which shows his worth to the team when he’s on the ground.
The Purple and Gold played for most of the game without two of their best defenders and key players, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Anthony Davis. Without them, the LA Lakers couldn’t keep up with the suns.
Caldwell-Pope was disqualified from the competition due to a knee injury, while Anthony Davis’ injury occurred late in the second quarter.
Apparently, coach Frank Vogel had no idea of Davis’ status early in the third quarter.
“He’s undergoing another medical exam and we’ll have more information tomorrow.” Vogel said in his post-game interview.
The all-star power forward was already questionable for the game with a knee sprain, but Anthony Davis’s groin injury added to his health problems. His status for the next games in the series is very dubious.
Anthony Davis’ game 5 injury at Phoenix
When asked about the challenge of possibly playing Game 5 without Anthony Davis, LA Lakers superstar LeBron James insisted he was willing to take on an even greater responsibility.
“Keep working on my body, keep working on my ankle. … It was a roller coaster for us all year round. ” James said.
Former All-Star Center Marc Gasol was also asked about Anthony Davis’ injury and mentality when they go up against a Phoenix Suns team that has apparently gotten healthier.
“We just have to keep playing, it’s that simple” Gasol said.
The series moves back to Phoenix, with LeBron James and the LA Lakers potentially playing without two key players. Game 5 will be played on Tuesday.
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