On Wednesday night, Lakers star Anthony Davis was asked about his health, with implication being it might be holding him back in some way.
“You’ll see tomorrow,” Davis said.
We saw indeed, as the Lakers announced on Thursday morning that Davis would sit out of the second night of their back-to-back as they face the Detroit Pistons on the road.
This is the third time Davis has missed one end of a Lakers back-to-back. He has played in both games of a back-to-back just once this season. https://t.co/zD0WugHvln— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 28, 2021
This is likely just precautionary on the Lakers’ part, as Davis has continually insisted he feels fine. He was initially listed on their injury report as questionable with a right knee contusion, and has been listed with a variety of other injuries before that, including:
- right ankle contusion (two games)
- right ankle sprain (two games)
- lower back tightness (three games)
- right adductor strain (four games)
- right calf contusion (three games)
In short, the Lakers have made sure that Davis’ injuries are well-documented and public, likely so that they can rest him without drawing the ire of the league on nights like this. It is unlikely that this is anything worth being too worried about moving forward.
With Davis out (and LeBron James still listed as questionable) it will be interesting to see how much more playing time Kyle Kuzma — who will presumably start — Markieff Morris and Montrezl Harrell get in his absence, and if the Lakers activate two-way player Devontae Cacok for any foul trouble or injury emergencies in the frontcourt for this game after he’s been inactive for the majority of the year.
Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for more updates on this developing story, and the Lakers will tip off against the Pistons at 5:00 p.m. PT on Spectrum SportsNet.