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Anthony Davis leaves Lakers game against Knicks after hard fall, X-Rays are negative but he’s reportedly expected to miss at least next two games with ‘sacral contusion’

Anthony Davis took a hard fall after a collison with Knicks forward Julius Randle, and the Lakers training staff walked with Davis to the locker room as he exited the game. It sounds like he may not be back for two games, at least.

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Lakers center Anthony Davis left the team’s game against the New York Knicks in the third quarter after landing hard on his back following a collision around the rim with Knicks forward Julius Randle. He missed the rest of the game with a sacral contusion/bruised tailbone, according to the team.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Davis is expected to miss the next two games, at least:

However, a later update from Shams Charania of the Athletic provided more info, and said that Davis will actually travel with the team:

Davis told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that he expects to miss time, but that he’ll be “fine” in the long run:

The Lakers will not practice on Wednesday.

Davis sustained the injury while trying to block Randle’s shot. He was called for a foul as Randle hit him in the air, knocking Davis off balance as he fell to the ground. Davis was down on the floor grabbing his lower back as concerned teammates and the training staff looked on, and had to be helped up before (gingerly) walking off under his own power.

Soon after the injury occurred, Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told reporters that X-Rays on Davis were negative, but that he’s “sore.” Lauren Jones of the L.A. Sentinel — who has been first on several reports of injuries to Davis before — provided a few more details:

It should be noted that the play did not appear to feature any ill intent from Randle — a former Laker and who was also teammates with Davis on the New Orleans Pelicans — who by the looks of things was just bulling his way to the basket and did not intend Davis to cause Davis to land awkwardly in what was a freak outcome.

It is unknown exactly how many games Davis will ultimately miss, if any, but our own Dr. Rajpal Brar had some info on what the standard timeline for this injury in others usually is.

Davis has already been getting listed with a sore shoulder on the injury report of late, and has also dealt with ankle and rib injuries this season. Given how huge Davis is to their championship hopes, they should approach this as cautiously as possible.

This is a developing story that will be updated with more information as it becomes available. For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.

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