WATCH: Anthony Davis Writhes in Pain After Brutal Finger Injury vs OKC Thunder

Published 11/05/2021, 12:05 AM EDT
Apr 24, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) grabs a rebound against the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers eye for revenge in their recent matchup. The purple and gold will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center tonight. The Thunder have emerged as an underdog team for the last couple of seasons. However, with the Lakers looking better as a unit, the contest could have a different outcome. But, there may be trouble with Anthony Davis.

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Unfortunately, for the Lakers they will miss the ‘King’ in this matchup as he is out due to abdominal strain. With Anthony Davis and Westbrook both coming off solid games themselves, it will be crucial for them to continue their run tonight. Another major plus in Carmelo Anthony’s red hot start at home as he is putting up 19 points per game.

Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks for a basket in front of Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr. (6) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

After the previous game, the purple and gold must have learned from their mistakes. Letting the Thunder come back from a 26 point to win the game isn’t something the Lake show would want to do again. However, there may be another bump as Davis looked in pain towards the end of the half.

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Anthony Davis finger injury?

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During the end of the second half, Davis was fighting for a rebound against a couple of Thunder defenders. However, during his last attempt, Davis held his finger and looked in pain. He was in pain throughout as he went to the bench at half time. He did not return for the half time shoot around either, which sparks more concerns.

Anthony Davis started off hot for the Lakers making his first 7 shots in a row. He was shooting the mid range and dominating in the paint as well. AD ended the half with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Westbrook found his rhythm with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Dwight Howard announced his return with a block in his first few seconds while Melo continued to be hot.

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With Davis looking in pain, this could be serious bad news for the Lakers. Davis got off to a dominating start and looked good through the half. Moreover, with LeBron James not available for at least a week, this will put the Lakers in a real bad spot. While there is no update yet, the Lakers will hope it isn’t anything serious and he can continue.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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