Los Angeles Lakers Center Anthony DavisHe, who has been playing his most dominant basketball in years, is expected to be sidelined for several weeks with an injury to his right foot, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Davis underwent an MRI on Saturday after leaving Friday night’s win over the visiting Denver Nuggets and is still undergoing further evaluation Sunday with a specialist, sources said. Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Davis will hold consultations with team doctors on the field Sunday night, and later noted that the team will provide an update on Monday.
Davis appeared to adjust his right foot after impacting his lower leg Nikola Jokicstalk while the two were mid-air near the basket in the first quarter on Friday. Davis did not return to the game after the end of the first half.
The 11-year-old veteran has missed more than half of the Lakers’ regular season games over the past two seasons due to various injuries, and Hamm was aware of that injury-prone reputation with Davis once again sidelined.
“The first priority is to take care of his health,” Hamm said. “To hell with what people say. … We have a fantastic medical staff of really great people within the organization who make sure he gets the best possible care, and once we find out what’s going on, we’ll act accordingly.”
“The season is a bit early and he just has to take care of his work starting, first of all, back to health.”
Davis was previously ruled out of Sunday’s home game against the Washington Wizards.
Davis’ prolonged absence could have a devastating effect on the Lakers’ postseason chances. He averages 27.4 points on a career-best 59.3% shooting, 12.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.
Los Angeles started Thomas Bryant Davis in a 119-117 win against the Wizards, along with LeBron JamesAnd the Looney Walker IVAnd the Dennis Schroeder And the Austin Reeves. Patrick Beverly He sustained an injury to his right calf.
“All I can do is to keep his mind fresh and know that this is just a minor setback to a big comeback and we’re going to try to keep the fort as long as we can until we get our number one guy back,” James said Sunday night. “So I hope he has a clear mind and takes his time and understands that it’s just temporary He will return to Earth sooner rather than later.”
After a 2-10 start to the season, the Lakers are 13-16 and 1½ out of the final play-off spot in the Western Conference.
It’s no secret that the Lakers, armed with two future first-round picks, intend to upgrade the roster via trade or trades, but Hamm said the timing of Davis’ injury adds no urgency to that pursuit.
“It’s a business. It’s a professional sport. It’s constantly trying to get better,” Hamm said, “from the mobility of people in terms of everything up and down the organization. So that’s one of those things that’s a necessary process, but I don’t think having M in The lineup, and being outside the lineup, affects that one part.”