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With Anthony Davis likely out for several weeks, the Lakers meet the Suns

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the Los Angeles Lakers They prepare for potentially difficult news as they prepare for a confrontation Phoenix Suns Monday night.

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Lakers leading scorer and league MVP candidate Anthony Davis was out Sunday with a right foot injury, and more testing may end up confirming a reported absence of several weeks. With Davis seeing a specialist Sunday night, that news could come as early as Monday afternoon.

Davis was injured in Friday’s win over the Denver Nuggets and without him the Lakers held out on Sunday to defeat the Washington Wizards 119-117.

On the plus side, Los Angeles overcame the loss of a star player to pick up a victory, but the Wizards weren’t a tough opponent, with 10 straight losses.

Overtaking the Suns on the road could bring more relief to the Lakers in the absence of Davis.

“It’s definitely disappointing to see him go through it, especially the work he put into it,” Lakers star LeBron James said of Davis, who has suffered his fair share of injuries in recent seasons. … “He’s dominated this year, and to have him suffer this setback, I know it’s definitely hard for him.”

It will be just as difficult for the Lakers, who will be without Davis’ team-leading averages of 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds for an indefinite amount of time.

James did his part with 33 points Sunday for his fourth consecutive 30-point game. He almost lost the ball but regained possession and found Thomas Bryant underneath to strike out with 7.1 seconds left to seal the winning points.

Bryant, who got a rare start with Davis, finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers would hit the road after going 2-1 at home while winning three of their past four games.

The Suns won back-to-back games after a five-game losing streak. The victories coincided with the return of All-Star guard Devin Booker, who missed the last two losses in the losing streak due to a hamstring injury.

And Booker showed some rust by missing 10 straight shots from the court in one point of Thursday’s 111-95 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. But he put it all together with 58 points in Saturday’s 118-114 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

This was Booker’s second game of at least 50 points this season. He scored a career best 70 in 2017 against the Boston Celtics.

But Booker is dubious about Monday’s game with a sore groin.

“I was just shooting the shots,” Booker said. “I’ve been in a bit of a slump and have to keep shooting. That’s what I live for. I’m put in the right positions to make the right plays. I usually just want to make the right plays every time, but once I get it a little bit I shoot from On the one hand – it’s the right play.”

The Suns already expect to be without Cameron Payne on Monday due to a sprained right foot. Deandre Ayton is questionable with a sprained left ankle. Payne and Ayton both missed the previous two matches.

–Field level of arguments

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