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Anthony Davis gave sign he will be ready for Game 6

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis certainly appears confident that he will be able to play in the team’s do-or-die Game 6 on Thursday.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Davis gave a signal of optimism that he would be back quickly during the team’s blowout loss in Game 5. Coming out of a timeout, Davis glanced at someone sitting courtside, nodded, and held up six fingers, suggesting that he would be good to go for Game 6.

Of course, there’s a difference between optimism and reality sometimes, and it remains to be seen how Davis’ left groin responds ahead of Thursday’s game. Davis could be seen wincing during a pregame workout while testing the injury, and it was quite clear he didn’t come particularly close to playing in Game 5. That is despite Davis telling teammates he was going to push to play leading up to that game, only to be ruled out when he obviously couldn’t go.

The Lakers will probably need Davis in Game 6, as the team’s supporting cast was not up to the challenge in Game 5. Plus, Davis will no doubt want to silence some of his critics, but ultimately, it’s not totally up to him how he’ll feel come Thursday.

Charles Barkley coins harsh new nickname for Anthony Davis

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Anthony Davis is one of the most dominant players in the NBA when healthy, but staying on the court is something he has struggled with throughout his career. Charles Barkley clearly has no sympathy for the Los Angeles Lakers star.

During TNT’s halftime coverage of the Lakers-Suns game on Tuesday night, Barkley declared that L.A. has no chance of winning the series “without Street Clothes.” We capitalized “Street Clothes” because Barkley was using it as a name for Davis.

Barkley, of course, was referring to the fact that Davis is injured so often. The harsh shot at Davis drew a round of awkward laughs from Chuck’s TNT colleagues.

Davis missed 30 consecutive games during the regular season with what the Lakers described as a calf strain. He exited in the first half of Game 3 against the Suns after hyperextending his knee and did not return. The All-Star big man then injured his groin in Game 4 and was unable to play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Once again, we saw how important Davis is to the Lakers, as they were blown out 115-85 by the Suns. The loss was so bad that LeBron James recreated his infamous playoff stunt from last year.

You never want to question the legitimacy of a player’s injury, but is sounds like Barkley feels Davis is not doing everything he can to suit up.

Anthony Davis groin injury update: Lakers star unlikely to play in Game 5

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Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday with a groin injury, and it sounds like the ailment will keep him out for at least one more game.

Davis is unlikely to play in Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. He is considered day-to-day, but Charania notes that there is optimism about his status going forward.

Game 5 is extremely important for the Lakers, as Phoenix’s win on Sunday tied the series at 2-2. If the Lakers lose on Tuesday night, they’ll be forced to win both Game 6 and Game 7, which will be in Phoenix.

Davis, who has also been dealing with a knee injury, scored 34 points in each of the Lakers’ wins in the series. The team struggled when he was sidelined during the regular season, and his importance can’t be overstated.

Anthony Davis could play in Game 5 despite groin injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers received relatively good news on forward Anthony Davis after he left Sunday’s Game 4 with a groin injury.

As first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis is considered day-to-day after suffering a left groin strain in the Lakers’ first round series against the Phoenix Suns. Davis has a chance to play in Game 5, but that is far from guaranteed at this point.

The good news for the Lakers is that Davis has a chance, perhaps even a good one, to play again in the series. There might not be a lot of time for a comeback, though. The series is tied 2-2, and the Lakers will have to win on Tuesday in Phoenix to avoid facing elimination in Game 6. Whether or not they have an effective Davis in that one could be huge.

Davis, who has also been dealing with a knee injury, did not play in the second half of Sunday’s loss. He scored 34 points in each of the Lakers’ wins in the series, but was held to 13 in a Game 1 loss and contributed only six in the first half Sunday before being forced out by injury.

Anthony Davis out for game with new groin injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be without forward Anthony Davis for the remainder of Game 4, and worryingly, it’s due to a different injury than the one he was already dealing with.

Davis did not start the second half of Sunday’s game against Phoenix and was in the locker room being evaluated. The assumption was that it was related to a left knee sprain that had led Davis to be listed as questionable leading up to the game.

However, the Lakers later announced that Davis had suffered a left groin strain, and would miss the rest of Sunday’s game.

This has to be a huge worry for the Lakers, who have relied heavily on Davis in their victories in Games 2 and 3. His struggles in Game 1 were a big reason why the Lakers lost that game, and not surprisingly, the team was struggling in Game 4 as well. Davis contributed only six points in the first half, and the team trailed 54-50 at the half.

It remains to be seen how the new injury will impact Davis’ availability going forward. He was already banged up, so it definitely remains to be seen what his status will be for Game 5.

Anthony Davis leaves Game 4 due to knee injury

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Anthony Davis’ health became a significant worry for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, as the star forward did not start the second half of Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns.

Davis was listed as questionable leading up to Sunday’s Game 4, though the star big man did end up making the start. However, he was observed in warmups wincing and struggling with his sprained right knee.

Davis struggled in the first half, adding just six points on 2-of-9 shooting. Kyle Kuzma started the second half in place of Davis, who was not even on the bench. A report on the ABC broadcast via a Lakers spokesperson said that Davis was in the locker room being evaluated.

Davis has taken some hits in the series, though the knee is clearly the main issue. He was a massive part of the Lakers’ wins in Games 2 and 3 after struggling in the Game 1 loss. If he’s not healthy, things get much tougher for the Lakers in what is proving to be a difficult and closely-fought first round series against Phoenix.

Anthony Davis says Devin Booker committed ‘dirty play’

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Anthony Davis was not a fan of Devin Booker’s flagrant foul at the end of Game 3 on Thursday night.

Booker was ejected for his hard foul in the final minute of his Phoenix Suns’ 109-95 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Booker gave Dennis Schroder a hard push while Schroder was driving to the basket (seen here).

After the game, Davis was interviewed by TNT and asked about the play.

“Can’t happen. Can’t do that. They’ve been chirping, it’s playoff basketball, but you don’t push a guy like that … it’s a dirty play. Dennis could have really got hurt right there,” Davis said.

Davis went on to say that they accept that hard fouls are part of playoff basketball, but an intentional push like that is different and could result in an injury.

He is not wrong. That was a dirty, uncalled for move from Booker, who being a poor sport as his team fell behind 2-1.

Video: Anthony Davis gets popped in the nose by Deandre Ayton

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Anthony Davis was popped in the nose by an elbow from Deandre Ayton early in Game 3 of the playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

Ayton was going up for a shot after missing his first attempt on the possession midway through the first quarter. He made the second and ended up nailing Davis in the face with his elbow as he came down.

Davis was in pain and went to the bench for treatment. The Lakers ended up calling a timeout so Davis could be treated.

Davis was also involved in a contact incident during Game 2 of the series. He inadvertently kicked Jae Crowder in the groin at the start of Tuesday’s game.

Anthony Davis addresses his kick to Jae Crowder’s groin

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Anthony Davis addressed his kick to the groin of Jae Crowder following Game 2 of the Lakers’ playoff series against the Suns on Tuesday.

Davis nailed Crowder in the groin with a kick a minute into the game. He was called for a flagrant-1 foul on the play.

The kick to Crowder’s groin looked bad, but Davis says his actions were unintentional.

Some may wonder if something more is going on. Last year in the NBA Finals, Davis caught Crowder in the face with an elbow. This one did not look intentional though.

The Lakers won the game 109-102 to even the series at one.

Anthony Davis takes responsibility for Lakers’ Game 1 loss

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The Los Angeles Lakers dropped Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals 99-90 on Sunday, largely because Anthony Davis was an afterthought.

The Phoenix Suns keyed in on Davis after the forward scored 42 points in the teams’ last regular season meeting two weeks ago, and they essentially took Davis out of the game Sunday. The big man went just 5-of-16 from the field, holding him to 13 points and seven rebounds. Davis was a team-worst -18 when on the court as well.

Davis owned up to his brutal performance after the loss, striking a note of confidence that he would improve while taking responsibility for Sunday’s defeat.

Davis was the worst performer, but none of the Lakers played particularly well on Sunday. LeBron James led the team in scoring with a modest 18 points, and the Lakers went just 7-for-26 from three as the Suns locked down the perimeter.

The Lakers looked out of sync on Sunday, and adjustments will be necessary. It certainly gave some backing to this player’s theory that ducking the team was the wrong move ahead of the playoffs.