UPDATE: The Lakers have officially listed Anthony Davis as questionable for Wednesday’s game vs. the Rockets. Davis’ official injury is also designated as hip spasms and left adductor.
After Monday’s game, Davis referenced the pain as coming from his adductor.
- Rui Hachimura is probable to return from his concussion vs. Houston— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) November 7, 2023
- Anthony Davis is questionable with his hip spasm injury
- Jaxson Hayes is questionable with the ankle sprain that ruled him out on Monday pic.twitter.com/R5sTdUTkZf
Davis’ confidence in his availability can exist with the Lakers also still considering him questionable. For now, it seems like largely good news on the injury front with Davis as, if nothing else, he hasn’t been ruled out.
Original story follows.
While the Lakers have faced a host of injury issues this season, there may be no bigger potential blow than the one they experienced in the first half on Monday. Late in the second quarter against the Heat, Anthony Davis exited the game with an apparent left leg injury.
Anthony Davis is heading to the locker room with the training staff to get checked out. He was grimacing after contesting a shot, and walked gingerly off the floor.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 7, 2023
While Davis would return to the game — then leave, and return, and leave again, but more on that later — he would not finish the contest and did not play in the fourth quarter. After the game, though, he did sound pretty confident he would be able to play in the team’s next game on Wednesday vs. Houston.
"Felt fine coming out of halftime then it spazzed out again felt fine for a longer stint, three minutes, kinda spazzed out again. I'll be fine. I'll be ready to go Wednesday." - Anthony Davis postgame— Edwin Garcia (@ECreates88) November 7, 2023
During halftime after suffering the injury on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic provided an update, noting that Davis had experienced a very unique injury in a “groin spasm,” though he would immediately correct himself by calling it a hip spasm.
Hip/groin spasm for Davis, who will warm up at halftime and see how he feels. https://t.co/46gQGL0tzu— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 7, 2023
Davis would warm up during halftime and attempt to play in the second half. However, only two minutes into the third quarter, the Lakers were forced to call a timeout as Davis was clearly hampered by the injury and would be taken out of the game. He would, again, immediately head to the locker room during the break.
Whatever the injury, Davis did all he could to play through it. After it looked like his night was done, he returned and looked fine for most of the third quarter.
However, again late in the period, Davis would come up hobbling and would again check out of the game. This time, he stayed on the bench, seemingly a small positive. That was the final time he would take the court in this one as he did not return in the fourth quarter.
During the playoffs last season, Davis dealt with a hip injury that did not sideline him but was noticeable at times. That, however, was on his right hip while Monday’s injury was on his left hip.
There wasn’t any notable play that Davis suffered the injury on, though he was visibly hampered by the injury. Davis was forced to play a couple of defensive possessions while limping, showing that it was a noteworthy injury before the Lakers called timeout.
Now, the question will be how much will this impact Davis and is it an injury that will keep him out for any period of time? Even at full health, the Lakers can’t afford to have Davis out with injury, and they are far, far from fully healthy.
The good news is that he sounds confident it won’t be a long-term injury. Lakers fans should cross their fingers and hope for the best moving forward, though.
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