Lakers big man Anthony Davis injured his left groin at the tail end of the first half during Game 4 of the Lakers’ playoff series against the Suns, coming down awkwardly after a missed shot attempt at the rim.
Following halftime, Davis did not come out with the team for warm-ups and attempted to keep himself loose on the bicycle in the home tunnel at Staples, but continued to have pain. Following further medical examination, he was ruled out for the game.
After the game, multiple reports revealed that the dynamic big man would be “day-to-day” moving forward with a Grade 1 groin strain. In the following video, I explained the injury, and what that timeline means for Davis’ playing prospects as the playoffs move forward.
Whether Davis is able to go in Game 5 or not, the Lakers’ role players will have to pick up the slack and not only connect on the very make-able shots they’ve been clanking all series — outside of Marc Gasol and Wes Matthews — but pick it up in all facets, along with LeBron using those broad shoulders to go into overdrive.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.