’Not Supposed to Win’: Charles Barkley and Draymond Green Believe Lakers Should Rest Anthony Davis for Game 5

Published 06/01/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) passes the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and guard Devin Booker (1) 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 Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for their biggest game of the season without their best scorer. Following a groin injury in Game 4, Anthony Davis is still on the sidelines and looks unlikely to play in Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns.

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A left groin injury usually takes a week to recover from and Davis has just two days gap from Game 4 to Game 5. So even if he plays, he will be far from 100%. So for that reason, many believe Lakers should rest Davis in the upcoming game, including NBA greats Charles Barkley and Draymond Green.

During their recent discussion on NBA on TNT, Green said the Lakers need to give Davis more time to rest. He said, “I think the approach should be to not play Anthony Davis. I think you take a free swing at Phoenix. You’re not supposed to win that game, anyway. And the reality is, you have two chances to go to Phoenix and win a game. But you let him rest and get him as healthy as you can for Game 6.”

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Barkley had similar thoughts while adding that Davis shouldn’t even make the trip to Phoenix. He said, “I don’t even think Anthony should make the trip to Phoenix. I’d give him an extra 3-4 days try to get him ready. The guy’s hurt. When you don’t come back in a game, you’re really hurt, especially in a playoff game.”

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Should the Lakers hurry Anthony Davis back into action or let him rest?

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Over the last few years, Davis has been a very injury prone player. So the Lakers should be wise in handling this situation. If they force him into action in the next game, there are chances he could miss the games after that or play without making an impact. They would rather rest him for one game and then get him back for the two after that.

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

Since his arrival last season, Davis has become the number one scoring option for the Lakers. It reduced the burden on LeBron James to score every time and allowed him to play the role of a floor general. But with Davis unlikely to play, LeBron will have to step up as a scorer and be more aggressive. Fans will be eager to see what decision Frank Vogel and the Lakers make as they travel to Phoenix for Game 5.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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