Anthony Davis rolled his ankle during the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals on Thursday, and LeBron James was noticeably limping and stretching his leg at various points during the second half. After having a night to get treatment on both maladies, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said at practice on Friday that both his stars should be good to go as L.A. looks to close out the series in Game 5.
“They’ll continue to get their treatment. Both are experiencing some soreness but they’re good to go,” Vogel told reporters on Zoom, specifying that James got “kneed in the thigh.”
The Lakers officially listed Davis as “questionable” on their injury report, while James is “probable” to play along with a few other Lakers:
Here is the full injury report pic.twitter.com/j25v1Ll601— Playoff Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 25, 2020
James continued to play after getting kneed, and was actually able to summon some excellent defense down the stretch on a night when he was limited and ineffective offensively (by his lofty standards, at least). He has additionally been listed with groin soreness in every single game since the Lakers began the NBA playoffs.
Davis also stayed on the court after his initial injury, and finished Game 4 with 35 points on 10-15 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. After the win, he said he was confident the time between games would give him time to get his ankle ready for Game 5.
“Rolled it pretty bad, but not too bad. I’ll be fine,” Davis said on Thursday.
The Lakers — and their fanbase — will have to hope that’s true for both Davis and his co-star when the team attempts to book their first trip to the NBA Finals in a decade on Saturday night. Tip-off for Game 5 will be at 6:00 p.m. on TNT.