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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.

Anthony Davis had message for rest of NBA after big block

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Anthony Davis had a message for the rest of the NBA after sealing the Los Angeles Lakers’ win on Monday night.

The Lakers were holding a narrow 93-89 lead over the Denver Nuggets with around 15 seconds remaining. Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic gave the ball to Facundo Compazzo, who seemed to be wide open. Compazzo attempted a 3-pointer, but Davis came out of nowhere to block it.

The block by Davis helped the Lakers seal the 93-89 win.

Davis could be seen saying “we’re back” after the victory:

That’s big.

The Lakers had lost three in a row and were in a tie for the No. 7 spot entering Monday’s game. Getting a win over a quality team like the Nuggets is important. It shows the Lakers, despite dealing with injuries to Davis and LeBron James, can still get important wins when necessary.

Video: Rui Hachimura posterizes Anthony Davis with big dunk

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Rui Hachimura got the best of Anthony Davis during the second half of Wednesday’s Washington Wizards-Los Angeles Lakers game.

Early in the third quarter of the game, Hachimura got a pass in transition and went up for a big dunk. He was able to get over on Davis for the jam. Here’s the video.

Wizards center Thomas Bryant, who is out with a torn ACL, loved the dunk.

Hachimura had 12 points in the Wizards’ 116-107 win. Washington has won 11 of its last 13 games and has snuck into the No. 10 spot in the East. Davis had 26 points for the Lakers and got a rough welcome back from his calf injury.

Anthony Davis sends warning to NBA ahead of playoffs

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The Los Angeles Lakers have tumbled down the Western Conference standings while they try to get healthy for the stretch run, but Anthony Davis believes rival teams would be making a mistake if they read too much into that.

Davis, who returned to the lineup last week after missing 30 games with heel and calf issues, sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols over the weekend. He was asked about the possibility of the Lakers having to take part in the play-in tournament, which would happen if they finished anywhere from the No.7 to No. 10 seed. L.A. is currently in fifth place and three games ahead of the seventh-place Portland Trail Blazers.

Davis said he isn’t overly concerned about any potential playoff opponent.

“No matter where we fall, we know we’re still capable of winning a championship,” he said. “Injuries played a part this season for us. We always say it just makes it a lot sweeter at the end to go through something like this.

“Put us up against anyone. I don’t think (anyone) wants to see us first round. I know the type of team that we have and I know what we can do. I think we’re capable of beating anyone in a seven-game series.”

You can hear the remarks at around the 2:15 mark below:

The Lakers are still the team to beat. It was impossible to judge them during a span in which Davis sat out 30 games, and now LeBron James is sidelined with an ankle injury. L.A. has a losing record since LeBron went down on March 20.

Assuming they are healthy, the Lakers could be even better off this year than they were in last year’s playoffs. They have added Andre Drummond for front-court depth, which should take pressure off Davis.

Davis admitted on Saturday that the Lakers are struggling with a specific issue, but that should work itself out if they get everyone back and healthy.

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Anthony Davis makes admission about Lakers’ on-court chemistry

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There are 12 games remaining in the Los Angeles Lakers’ regular season, and according to Anthony Davis, the team has some catching up to do.

The Lakers faded late on Saturday, losing 108-93 to the Dallas Mavericks in a game that saw Los Angeles get outscored 29-14 in the fourth quarter. Davis, who remains on a minutes limit, looked rusty during the loss, going just 5-for-19 from the field.

After the defeat, Davis admitted that he was essentially starting from scratch in trying to connect with his teammates after being sidelined for so long with a calf injury.

“It’s like you’re starting over with the guys and just trying to find a connection with these guys again,” Davis said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “They’re trying to find a connection with me. So, it’s like we’re starting from zero, which is tough so late in the season.”

It’s not what you want to hear this late in the season. It’s complicated even more by the continued absence of LeBron James, and his return may not be close. Put it all together and it means the Lakers probably won’t have a ton of time to get in sync before the playoffs.

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