Davis missed the entire second half after missing a layup and collapsing to the floor in the second half. The series is tied at 2-all with Game 5 set for Tuesday at Phoenix.
“You know, he’s one of the best players in the world, so you have to adjust,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “And I thought we gave great effort trying to overcome that loss, but it certainly wasn’t enough.”
Davis, 28, averaged 21.8 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season.
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- LeBron James told reporters he is prepared to take on an even larger role in light of the injury to Davis. “For me, it’s putting our team in position to be successful,” he said. “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.”
- Center Marc Gasol added it’s just a matter of the rest of the Lakers picking up the slack. “It’s gonna be probably more LeBron, which is not a bad thing by any means: More space for the rollers, more space for the drivers,” Gasol said. “Defensively, A.D. is such an important piece for us. He can do a lot of things defensively that no one else can do. But with communication, with effort, and being at the right place at the right time, we can do a lot more things defensively than we did tonight.”
- Center Andre Drummond has simplified his game and is starting to give the Lakers what they were seeking when they picked him up on the buyout market, wrote Spencer Davis of Basketball News.