‘Tough Blow’: Lakers’ LeBron James Expresses Deep Concern over Anthony Davis’ Injury

Published 05/30/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) moves in to defend during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since LeBron James suffered a devastating injury in the regular season, fans knew that Lakers’ title defense in 2020-21 would not be a cakewalk. Their 92-100 Game 4 loss against the Suns at Staples Center proved the same. 


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However, even more than the loss, the Lakers would be disconcerted with forward Anthony Davis’ injury. The big man was already on the injury list for knee troubles, and in the game, he ended up injuring his groin.

This is the worst that the Lakers could’ve asked for because AD was otherwise playing like an All-Star in the postseason.


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Lakers’ LeBron James is extremely worried but not under-confident

Anthony Davis played over 19 minutes before taking to the floor, lying and yelling in pain because of his groin soreness. He was attempting a layup when he went off balance and had to limp back to the locker room. 

By then, he had scored 6 points, 4 rebs, 3 assists, 1 steal, and a block. However, just like Game 1, his scoring was in deep waters with a worrisome 22.2% accuracy

After losing the game, LeBron James expressed some concerns over the injury as he said, “If he’s not ready for Game 5, it’s going to be a tough blow for our ball club. But next man up. We have been like that all year.”

He revealed that he does not know the severity of the injury since he obviously did not get a chance to meet AD. But, when asked about his abilities to carry the Lakers all alone, the Akron Hammer talked like LeThanos and confidently expressed, “These shoulders was built for a reason and if it takes more from me to put on them, so be it. Win, lose or draw I’m ready for the challenge.”

The Game 4 loss was certainly a hard loss for the Lakers, and they lost their grip over the game mostly because AD didn’t come back. 

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How did the Suns use AD’s injury to their advantage?

Since none of the Lakers’ starters, apart from LeBron James, could score in double-figures, the Suns were anyway at advantage. Plus, they had their old Chris Paul back, and that helped their case big time. 

CP3 endured zero turnovers, added 18 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals to get the Suns a much-needed victory. Also, Deandre Ayton continued his ruthless scoring with a 17-rebound double-double and a 75% scoring.

The Suns were not as good from the perimeter, but they made up for it by gaining extra possessions on Lakers turnovers.

May 30, 2021; Jae Crowder against Anthony Davis at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The only good news for the Lakers was their bench performing well tonight. However, just in case AD does not show up in Game 5, the onus will be on Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma to take the extra offensive load.

Even Kuz in the post-game conference seemed convinced as he said, “If AD’s not out there, we have to play a different style of basketball.”


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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.