Anthony Davis says he’ll be ready to play against the Portland TrailBlazers following multiple injuries sustained against the Clippers.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ regular season woes continue to haunt them as they enter this home stretch of games. As if losing Anthony Davis and LeBron James earlier in the season wasn’t enough, the Lakers will now have to enter a crucial game against the Portland TrailBlazers tomorrow without LeBron James (again) and Dennis Schroder, the latter of who will be sidelined for 10-14 days due to health and safety protocols.
Anthony Davis’s return from a strained Achilles gave Lakers fans a sliver of hope that they would be able to confidently avoid the play-in tournament. However, in last night’s bout against Paul George and the Clippers, Davis sustained two noteworthy injuries.
The first was early in the 1st quarter where he tweaked his ankle while shooting a 3 over Marcus Morris. He has clearly shaken up from this as he untied his shoe and checked on his foot. He ultimately decided to stay in the game but was taken out 6 minutes later due to intense back spasms.
Anthony Davis says he’ll most likely suit up against the Blazers tomorrow night.
Following the game, AD was asked about the condition in which his ankle was in after having rolled it in the first quarter. Not surprisingly, Davis re-directed the reporters’ attention to his back, claiming he was taken out of the game due to back spasms. He has had back problems throughout his career.
“My ankle is fine,” says Davis. “It wasn’t bothering me but my back locked up pretty bad. We’ll see how it is tomorrow morning. I should be good to go tomorrow based on how I’m feeling right now.”
Here is where Anthony Davis tweaked his ankle, for those who didn’t see. He’s currently in the locker room. No word from the Lakers on his status. He stayed in the game after this, but hasn’t been seen since his shift ended. pic.twitter.com/x6RL1A0Uu7
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When trying to explain what caused his back spasms, Anthony Davis said, “There wasn’t a certain play, it’s just during the first timeout, and the second one I felt it lock up more and more. When I first came out with 3 minutes left, it was pretty bad.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently tie with the Blazers for the 6th seed and 7th seed put West. Tomorrow’s game against the Blazers is perhaps their most important game of the season as it would shift the tide in the winner of that game’s favor.
With Schroder, LeBron, and THT out for the contest against Damian Lillard’s squad, the purple and gold brigade will have to dig deep if they look to pull out a victory against a backcourt as explosive as the one Portland boasts.