What Happened to Lakers’ Anthony Davis Against Phoenix Suns in Game 4? Injury Updates & More

Published 05/30/2021, 5:44 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) 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


The Lakers are playing against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center. After two dominant victories against the Suns, the Lakers are favorites in the matchup and are looking to take control of the series by winning their third game in a row.

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Ever since the defeat in the first game of the playoffs, the Lakers saw their superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis lead the team. While LeBron continued his role as a facilitator, AD took control of the offensive.

Lakers’ Anthony Davis suffers a groin injury against the Suns

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Davis was absolutely on fire coming into this game. Averaging a whooping 34 points and 11 rebounds in the last two games ‘the Brow’ was a must for the Lakers in the game. Given the form Davis was in and how commanding he looked, Laker faithful hoped that the 28-year-old could carry on this form against the Suns tonight.

The 7-time All-Star was questionable coming into this game and was eventually upgraded to a starter. Given that he had a niggling injury, Davis looked a bit rusty but was picking up the pace in the second quarter.

With a couple of minutes remaining on the clock, the 28-year-old was cutting in to the rim. As he attempted a contested layup, Davis landed his left leg on Suns’ center DeAndre Ayton’s foot and immediately started hobbling.

AD was clearly struggling with the injury and did not even start the second half. Minutes later ESPN insider David McMenamin reported that the 6’10 forward had suffered from a left groin strain and was out from the game.

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This is certainly a big blow for the Lakers who were in prime position to take lead of this series. The Lakers are clearly struggling with AD out of the floor. With limited offensive weapons, the champions are looking sloppy. At the end of the quarter, the champions are trailing the Suns 81-65.

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The Lakers will hope that LeBron James can lead them to a comeback. If AD is not back for the rest of the series, the champions might be in a lot of trouble. Has Davis’ injury swung the series in favour of the Phoenix Suns?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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