Lakers’ Anthony Davis Gives Crucial Update on His Injury

Published 02/15/2021, 8:09 AM EST
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


Anthony Davis has struggled to find any semblance of form this season. The multiple-time All-Star has not started the way his Lakers’ compatriot LeBron James has, often missing games and underperforming when he plays.

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Davis has been hot and cold throughout the year and is now struggling with an injury that will make the Lakers’ front office sweat.

Anthony Davis calms injury concerns

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Anthony Davis has been struggling with an injury for the past few weeks. Finally, Davis gave an update on his injury after the game against the Nuggets.

He noted that while the injury is not as serious as feared, it is restricting his playing time. However, Davis is doing everything in his power to clock some minutes because the Lakers desperately need him.

“Um, it could go away, obviously, with rest and things like that, but I’m not trying to rest. So just trying to keep it as loose as possible and make sure that – it’s not, I won’t say, it’s not the actually Achilles tendon where you guys are thinking about, where it can be scary. I forget the name of it, it’s something that’s over it that’s pretty sore.” 

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He added, “So it’s not the actual tendon, which is why it’s comfortable to play, to get it loose. So the doctors and training staff feel comfortable enough for me to go out there and perform as well.” 

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Davis also noted that his Achilles would feel better as he continues to work on the injury and treat it the way the doctors tell him to. He has been making adjustments as needed that would allow him to play, which would explain why Davis has looked less than himself whenever he takes the court.

Feb 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

“So it’s something that’s gonna continue to get better constantly doing treatment on it throughout the day, the throughout the night, and wearing stuff in my shoes to help out the pair level and wearing tape and all these things to make it feel better throughout the course of time, and basically I’m very – I’m able to just go out there and play and not worry about it.”

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Can Anthony Davis recover in time for the Lakers’ final stretch of the season? Currently, the Lakers still have one of the best records in the NBA. And it would be in the best interest of the Lakers to let Davis make a full recovery before the playoffs.

If Davis’ injury worsens in the post-season, it could spell doom for the defending champions.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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