Anthony davisinjury has become the main discussion for James lebron and the LA Lakers after being defeated 100-92 by the Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of their best seven-round series. The Suns tied the series 2-2 and regained the field advantage in the 2021 NBA Playoffs with the win.
After the game, James was asked about Anthony Davis’ injury and what it meant for his team as they returned to Phoenix for the fifth pivotal game.
“If he is not ready for the fifth game, it will be a blow to our ball club”, James said.
James had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of action. He also had a +6 plus / minus rating, underscoring his value to the team when on the ground.
The Purple and Gold played most of the game without two of their best defenders and key players, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Anthony Davis. Without them, the LA Lakers couldn’t keep up with the Suns.
Caldwell-Pope was excluded from the competition with a knee injury while Anthony Davis’ injury came at the end of the second quarter.
Apparently, coach Frank Vogel had no idea of Davis’ status at the start of the third quarter.
“He is undergoing a more in-depth medical evaluation and we will have more information tomorrow”, Vogel said in his post-game interview.
The All-Star power forward was already questionable for the game with a sprained knee, but Anthony Davis’ groin injury added to his health concerns. His status for the next games in the series is very uncertain.
Anthony Davis injured in Game 5 in Phoenix
Asked about the challenge of potentially playing Game 5 without Anthony Davis, LA Lakers superstar LeBron James insisted he would be ready to take on even greater responsibility.
“Keep working on my body, keep working on my ankle. … It’s been a roller coaster for us all year round”, James said.
Former All-Star center Marc Gasol has also been asked about Anthony Davis’ injury and what the mentality will be like against a Phoenix Suns side that appear to be in better health.
“We just have to keep playing, that easy,” Gasol said.
The series returns to Phoenix with LeBron James and the LA Lakers playing perhaps without two key players. The fifth game will be played on Tuesday.