‘I’m Hurting’: Lakers’ Anthony Davis Reveals His Injury Status after Limping Against the Knicks

Published 05/12/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers have stunned their critics in the last two games, defeating the Suns and then the Knicks. Considering the upcoming ties for the LA-based team, one can predict that they might not need to be in the play-in situation if their current form continues. 

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However, there is one problem, and it is Anthony Davis. Right when the star forward was enjoying a promising comeback, another injury scare has clouded his status. In the 101-99 OT win against the Knicks, the Lakers’ big man hurt himself.

Is it something that Anthony Davis’ fans must worry about?

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Considering the fact he was visibly limping after the game, there surely are concerns hanging over his condition. However, the injury is nothing as serious as LeBron James’ ankle sprain. But in Anthony Davis’ own words, “I’m hurting. … My groin got tight.” It appeared that his chances of showing up against the Rockets are not 100%.

Still, the 28-YO sounded positive about the recovery and expressed –

Now, AD played close to 44 minutes in the important night against the Knicks. Although he struggled (34.8% FG) to score, his plus-minus of +7 proved that his floor availability was of help to the unit.

Read also – Knicks’ Julius Randle Bullies Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Completes a Tough Layup

What happens if AD sits out in the Lakers’ next game?

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To sum it up, that would not hurt the Lakers much. Firstly, their next game is against the league-bottom Rockets and so the challenge is low. Second, there are good chances of LeBron James returning from his injury to play on Wednesday night, further strengthening the Lake Show. He and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can cover for that defense part as they did prior to the star’s injury.

Plus, the way Andre Drummond (16 points & 18 boards) and Kyle Kuzma (23 points & a steal) played against the Knicks, coach Vogel can rest assured that they can handle the H-Town without AD. Also, not to forget the game-winning clutch three from Talen Horton-Tucker, who has been a great rotation weapon in this season. 

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So all-in-all, it can be a good strategy even if the Lakers decide to rest AD for a game before playing the Pacers and the Pelicans. As of now, the chances are strong that the Lakers can find themselves in the top six. Do you agree with this prediction? Help us know what you think in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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