Lakers’ LeBron James Knows What To Do In Anthony Davis’ Absence After Loss Against Nuggets

Published 02/15/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers’ worst nightmare is coming dangerously close to reality. When the season was about to begin, people were concerned about players not getting enough rest from the last season and then facing health concerns. Lakers are facing the brunt of this conundrum as Anthony Davis limped off the court during tonight’s game and is assumed to have torn his Achilles.

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To add insult to injury, the LeBron James led side lost 122-105 against the Denver Nuggets, with AD’s absence clearly being felt.

LeBron James will be prepared next time

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Anthony Davis suffered the injury while he was driving past Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic towards the basket. Just last week, Davis had missed two games because of an injury, and this was supposed to be his second game back.

However, with the injury now, the Lakers have grave concerns for themselves and him.

In fact, as per Mike Trudell, “LeBron said his main interest is AD’s health, and wanting him to get right. ‘Just overall safety and (his) health. That’s my only concern … want him to get back to himself.'”

However, on losing to the Nuggets, LeBron James had a different outlook.

With that said, LeBron said it’s tough to adapt when a guy goes out in the middle of a game, but next game, we will have an ability to be able to prepare for it … we’ll have a better game plan for what we need to do offensively and defensively in his absence.”

Will Anthony Davis’ absence affect the Lakers?

Undoubtedly, yes. He was and is an integral cog of the franchise and their second-best scorer after Bron. Not just that, but his contribution on the defensive end has been crucial for the Lakers. In his absence, that might take a hit.

However, nothing is set in stone yet. He is yet to have his MRI, which will give everyone a better understanding of whether he will be playing further or not.

Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks the shot of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

In his absence, the Lakers will focus on maintaining their second position in the West at any cost. They are holding a 21-7 record and are behind the Utah Jazz, who are holding on to their first position.

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As long as they don’t move down the board, all is well. But the question is, will they be able to hold the fort without AD?

Read also- Lakers’ Assistant Coach Unveils How LeBron James Contributed to Anthony Davis’ Growth

 

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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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