Lakers’ Anthony Davis Unlikely To Play In Game 5 Vs. Suns

Lakers power forward Anthony Davis is doubtful for Game 5 of the first-round playoff series vs. the Suns with a groin strain, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Davis still remains day-to-day and there’s optimism he could return before Game 6, Charania noted. Davis suffered in the injury late in the second quarter of Game 4 and did not return. The series is tied at 2-all.


“For me, it’s putting our team in position to be successful,” Lakers teammate LeBron James told reporters. “It starts with my approach, my accountability, trickles down to everybody else. So, you know, these shoulders are built for a reason. If it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw, I’m ready for the challenge.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter there isn’t “great optimism” that Davis will return for Game 5, but added that Davis has yet not been ruled out.

Davis, 28, averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 36 regular-season games. He is averaging 20.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the four playoff games.

“Obviously, we’ve been derailed this year, but at the same time, we’ve been through it,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “So we just got to figure it out. Just got to figure it out.”

Added Lakers coach Frank Vogel after the Game 4 loss, “You know, (Davis is) one of the best players in the world, so you have to adjust. And I thought we gave great effort trying to overcome that loss, but it certainly wasn’t enough.”

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