West Notes: Lakers, Anthony Davis Update, Suns, Bradley Beal, Grizzlies


Big man Anthony Davis is listed as questionable with a left adductor/hip spasm for Wednesday’s road game vs. the Rockets. Anthony Davis

Davis suffered the injury against the Heat on Monday and was forced to exit the game before halftime. He told reporters after the game he would “for sure” be able to play in Houston. That very well could be the case.

  • The Lakers asked the NBA to look into perceived no-calls involving LeBron James, as we relayed here. But according to the Last Two Minute Report, put out by the league each day, there weren’t any incorrect calls in the Lakers-Heat game.


  • Guard Bradley Beal has been upgraded to questionable and could make his Suns debut vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. Phoenix has been missing both Beal and Devin Booker, though Booker has at least played two games. Beal’s next will be his first in a Suns uniform.
  • Kevin Durant said he likes what this team can be when whole. “I’m just proud of the guys and how everybody is rallying around each other, trying to make adjustments,” he said., via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “Once everybody comes back and we’ll be at full strength, you’ll see our real team.”


Center Bismack Biyombo stayed after practice to familiarize himself with the offense and spacing, guard Luke Kennard said, via Damichael Cole of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

It’s the type of dedication the Grizzlies could use, given that they’ve been utterly decimated by injuries.

Biyombo started his first game with Memphis a mere four days after signing, as Cole noted. He tallied eight points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks vs. the Trail Blazers.

“Being a part of a team earlier, like now, helps a lot,” Biyombo said, via Cole. “You understand who does what, and also you build the chemistry with your teammates. They know the good and bad in you, and vice versa. Therefore, getting out and competing becomes just fun.

  • ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith had strong words for star guard Ja Morant, who’s suspended for the first 25 games. The Grizzlies are 1-6. “If Ja Morant was on the floor we wouldn’t be thinking about them like this, we wouldn’t be looking at an 0-6 Memphis Grizzlies team,” Smith said. “Is he off the court because he’s injured? No. Is he off the court because of some kind of family emergency or some kind of tragedy that took place? No. He’s off the court because he wasn’t thinking about his teammates when he was on the court.”

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