WATCH: LeBron James and Anthony Davis Get Kicked in the Groin After Dirty Plays by Kings

Published 11/27/2021, 1:35 AM EST
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), forward LeBron James (23) and coach Frank Vogel react in the second half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have a lot at stake playing against the Sacramento Kings. They finally have all three of their superstars healthy and playing together, something that could have also changed tonight. Looks like the Kings players were on a mission. It was absolutely uncanny that both LeBron James and Anthony Davis were kicked in the same place, just minutes apart from each other. And if  this somehow tampers with the result of the game, the purple and gold are in big trouble.

Lakers Anthony Davis and LeBron James meet the same fate

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Last season, both LeBron James and Anthony Davis were injured for a long period of time. It was their absence and the inability of the rest of the roster to not be able to carry the team without them, that crushed their hopes at a second straight title. However, bringing in Russell Westbrook was the contingency plan for such a situation.

But as we have seen, Russ is unable to step up in moments when LeBron or even AD is sitting out. This means that for the Lakers to bag wins, it is vital that at least the dynamic duo stays away from any kind of injury woes. Unfortunately, that could have changed very quickly during their game against the Kings.

With 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Bron was driving towards the bucket when, when he gets kicked in the groin by a Kings’ defender. Of course, it happened accidentally but for Davis to also get hit in the groin while playing defense, was worrying and hilarious at the same time.

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Will the Kings pull off an upset?

Nov 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots a ball over Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

In the entire first half, both teams were going head to head with each other. The match was so close that by halftime; they were tied at 43 points. Then, the Lakers gave some hope to fans in the third quarter, taking a double-digit lead.

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But this game was filled with roller coasters, and the Sacramento Kings were not one’s to give in so easily. They pulled off an incredible comeback in the fourth quarter and caught up to the purple and gold. With mere seconds left into the buzzer going off. Who will come out victorious?

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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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