Anthony Davis’ Injury: What is the Lakers Star Suffering From and How long is he Out?

Published 03/12/2021, 11:00 PM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts in the third quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers were hit with some bad news when it was announced that Anthony Davis might sit out for longer than expected. After he was sidelined, the Lakers slipped down from the second position in the Western Conference to the fourth.

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Although they have recovered to third place now, his absence can clearly change the entire course of their journey to a repeat. Let’s look at what his injury is all about and the timeline for his return.

Where did it all begin?

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In the first week of February, Davis did not play two consecutive games after the medical staff declared that he had an issue with his Achilles Tendinosis. However, when he did return to play against the Memphis Grizzlies, he looked as healthy as ever. It seemed like the worst had passed, but that wasn’t even close.

When playing against the Denver Nuggets, Davis was seen limping off the court by the second quarter. There were no signs of his return. Fortunately, an MRI revealed that there was no ACL rupture but a severe calf strain. This had him ruled out from games for 2-3 weeks indefinitely, and even the All-Star game.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reaches to keep the ball in bounds against Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

When will Anthony Davis return?

On a two-game losing streak and a 24-13 record, the reigning champions are opening their second half of the season, playing against the Indiana Pacers. While Lakers‘ fans had hoped for Davis to return by now, Vogel gave an important update on the same.

As per Mike Trudell, “Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis won’t play tomorrow, and will be re-evaluated tomorrow night by the team doctors. Expect an update afterwards.”

Trudell also updated everyone about AD’s practice sessions. “Vogel said AD will not practice today; he’s at the facility, and lifted earlier.”

What does this mean for the Lakers?

Just a couple of days more and the purple and gold can expect their star player to return. However, they need to be extremely cautious with how they handle this.

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Neither can they aggravate his injury and risk him being sidelined for longer, nor can they completely keep him off the court.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Davis being off the court makes LeBron James‘ case stronger in the MVP race, is it worth it? Because clearly, the Lakers need him. They have proved that they seem to have trouble adding W’s to their tally without him. One can only hope AD comes back better than ever, and the Lakers don’t lose their shot at a second straight title.

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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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