LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers’ sport in opposition to the New York Knicks within the third quarter Tuesday night time after he bruised his decrease again in a painful fall to the court docket.
Davis was injured when he fell awkwardly whereas attempting to dam the shot of New York’s Julius Randle. Davis pounded the court docket in apparent ache after his exhausting touchdown, after which clutched his bottom whereas he stayed down on the ground, surrounded by Lakers medical personnel for a number of minutes in entrance of a hushed crowd at Staples Heart.
Davis finally rose with assist from his teammates, and he walked to the Lakers’ dressing room slowly, however beneath his personal energy. After the preliminary shock of the autumn wore off, Davis was capable of stroll extra within the participant tunnel however was finally carted out of the sector on the finish of the night time to bear additional testing.
Davis’ agent, Wealthy Paul, emerged from the Lakers’ locker room after the damage and mentioned X-rays on Davis’ again have been detrimental, however the celebrity is feeling sore. The Lakers described the damage as a bruised sacrum — the decrease a part of the backbone close to the tailbone.
“We hope that he’ll be positive, which we imagine he’ll be positive,” LeBron James mentioned. “Powerful night time for us.”
Davis was scheduled to bear a MRI on Tuesday night time, and he’s anticipated to overlook the upcoming journey in Dallas and Oklahoma Metropolis to rehab, a league supply advised ESPN.
The Lakers led 81-62 with 2:45 left within the third quarter when Davis took his tumble. They went on to win 117-87, extending their streak to 6 video games and bettering their general document to 30-7.
“I believed they locked again in,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel mentioned of how his group responded to one in all its stars taking place. “Obtained targeted and completed the job.”
When gamers returned to the locker room after the ultimate buzzer, Davis was in there ready for them.
“He was nice,” James mentioned of the encounter. “His temper was nice. As nice as it may be with the autumn that he took … I requested him if I may do something for him, he mentioned you bought to win for me. That is what our group is all about.”
Davis’ teammates sure felt the ache their large man was going by way of.
“It is a scary fall,” Kyle Kuzma mentioned. “I fell on my tailbone as soon as like that. It wasn’t broke or something, it had a bruise. It actually, actually harm.”
Added Dwight Howard: “It hurts. It hurts. It hurts. It is very painful. I would not want falling. … I would not want that on no one. The tailbone? It hurts fairly unhealthy.”
The Lakers have withstood numerous accidents to key personnel this season as they’ve raced out to the highest of the Western Convention, however Davis has missed solely two video games to date and James has missed just one. They’re 1-1 with out Davis and Zero-1 with out James.
“It is not one individual,” mentioned Alex Caruso when requested concerning the problem of constructing up for Davis’ absence. “It is like that previous ‘Keep in mind the Titans’ [scene], like, ‘You can’t substitute a Gerry Bertier.’ So, it is like you’ll be able to’t substitute AD with one individual. You bought to do it by committee, so it is received to be spot minutes right here and there, relying on who has received to be in there and we simply received to try to replicate how exhausting he performs. We clearly cannot be 6-10 and shoot 3s and take folks off the dribble and dunk. We simply have to have the ability to play as exhausting as we will in our roles and do what we will to make up for that.”
Kuzma, the deliberate third member of the Lakers’ Massive Three this season who has had an up-and-down expertise in maintaining tempo with James and Davis, acknowledges the void ought to Davis be sidelined.
“Coach all the time talks about ‘subsequent man up,'” Kuzma mentioned. “I simply really feel like if I’ve a possibility, I will be positive. … I imply, I am not Anthony Davis, so I am simply going to be myself. And simply do me.”
Davis, who is anticipated to say no his participant possibility for subsequent season to change into an unrestricted free agent, is extensively thought of a lock to return to the Lakers on a brand new deal. The six-time All-Star is averaging 27.7 factors and 9.5 rebounds in his first season after L.A. traded most of its younger core to New Orleans for him.
“He is one in all our pillars,” Vogel mentioned. “He is our current, he is our future and he is top-of-the-line gamers on the planet. So clearly he means lots.”
James mentioned Davis’ scenario is a problem that comes with life as an aspirational contender within the league.
“Who mentioned it will be straightforward? Within the NBA guys get injured. Guys get sick,” James mentioned. “Clearly we all know what AD’s meant for this group. Clearly there is not any changing him. You may’t say you substitute what he does, he does all the things. However all people else has received to chip in and be higher. We’ll see what occurs together with his damage and take it from there.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.