Anthony Davis Facing Another Health Issue After Stomach Illness and Thumb Injury

Published 11/08/2021, 10:08 PM EST
Nov 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks the shot of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets are going to face off, each with the intention of ending their losing streaks. On one hand, the Hornets are on a four-game losing streak, while on the other, the Lakers have also lost their last two games. Moreover, for the Lakers, the injury saga also continues as Anthony Davis is now reporting more issues than the stomach illness from the Blazers game.

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This is a battle between one of the youngest teams in the league against the oldest. Both of them are not holding the best records to start the season off with, as the Lakers are at 5-5 and the Hornets are at 5-6. Even though the Hornets started the season much better, they soon went on a downward spiral, much like the Lakers, who have had a roller coaster win-lose season this far.

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What’s the fresh update on Anthony Davis?

Now that the two teams face each other, there are some updates about two of the Lakers’ players. As per Harrison Faigen, Anthony Davis is probable for the matchup against the Hornets. Despite his stomach feeling better, his thumb is still sore, and is even suffering from a cold. However, Faigen also clarified that, because of the cold, AD has already been tested for COVID and the result came negative.

The next update, sadly, has nothing to do with LeBron James, whose timeline for return is yet to be revealed. However, Talen Horton-Tucker, whose torn ligament in his thumb kept him from making his debut this season, has been cleared for contact now. Although the Lakers won’t rush his return, it’s still huge progress.

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Can the Lakers finally see the face of victory?

The Hornets have a high-flying offense, with Miles Bridges and 2021 Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball leading the way. And utilising them is the only way they can defeat the Lakers because the Hornets’ defense is one of the worst in the league. And that’s what their opponents could take advantage of.

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If Anthony Davis does not play, Russell Westbrook will be the key player that the roster will rely on. He has been facing a lot of backlash because of his inability to step up as expected during the injury plague that the Lakers are going through. But he was an every-night triple-double NBA player and just needs to channel that back into his game.

Nov 4, 2021; Kenrich Williams and guard Ty Jerome defend Carmelo Anthony as he drives to the basket at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Also, they do have Carmelo Anthony to depend on from the bench, but others like Malik Monk, Austin Reeves, and Kent Bazemore also have to take shots if they want this victory. The purple and gold fans will hope that Davis ends up playing, but if he doesn’t, the fate of the Lakers lies in the hands of the rest.

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Will they be able to take care of it?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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