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Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard leave Lakers victory over Trail Blazers with injuries

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Whether or not Anthony Davis will be available when the Lakers take on the Trail Blazers in Game 5 (with a chance to close out the first round of the NBA Playoffs) is unknown. Damian Lillard also left Game 4 with a right knee injury.

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Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers were on their way to a huge win over the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs on Monday night when they got some news no one in the organization (or in the city of Los Angeles) wanted to hear: Anthony Davis was dealing with back spasms and would not return to the game.

Update: After the game, Davis said his back will be fine and that he’s planning to play in Game 5.

Davis was not the only star to miss time in this one, as Blazers guard Damian Lillard also suffered a knee injury and sat out the rest of the game:

Lillard, who was already dealing with a dislocated thumb, tried to give it a go again prior to that announcement, but evidently he felt something he didn’t like (or the team saw something they were worried about):

Hopefully this is all just precautionary for both players, because it would be a shame if this series result was marred by injuries, and also just because every team always wants to be able to say they won at full strength.

The Lakers led by 30-plus points for most of the second half, so it’s entirely possible this was just an instance of both coaches seeing their stars a little bit banged up and opting to save them for the next game of the series on Wednesday, Aug. 26, which could be the final night of this round for the Lakers if they’re able to win.

Both Lillard and Davis’ statuses moving forward are unknown as of right now, but we will update with more information if and when it becomes available. Both would obviously be immeasurable losses for their team if they miss any time, in this round or moving forward.

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