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Anthony Davis to play, LeBron James out vs. Spurs

Anthony Davis will play against the Spurs, but LeBron James has been ruled out due to a left calf contusion.

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images

UPDATE: The Lakers have officially ruled out LeBron James (left calf contusion) for Wednesday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Anthony Davis (left adductor/hip spasm) and Jarred Vanderbilt (low back spasm) are available for the matchup.

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On top of suffering a loss to the Mavericks on Tuesday, the Lakers have yet another injury to worry about with Anthony Davis potentially. It’s not a new injury as it’s the groin issue that has bugged him for much of the season, but it notably flared up against the Mavericks.

Late in the second quarter, Davis limped off the court to the bench. He returned to the court in the second half and his effectiveness wasn’t impacted, but there were moments where he still labored.

After the game, head coach Darvin Ham said he would be evaluated on Tuesday night before the team’s game against the Spurs.

Looking at Davis’ stat line would not suggest anything bothered him as he finished with 37 points on 15-21 shooting with 11 rebounds. He even hit his first 3-pointer since late October to end the third quarter.

Davis himself talked postgame about the injury and his status moving forward.

“Day-to-day, seeing how I feel,” AD said. “Wasn’t sure about tonight, went to go test it out pregame, felt good. Had some moments in the game where I felt it, kind of tweaked it again but just kind of see how I feel going forward. Each and every game, day at a time and make decisions from there.”

While it is an injury he’s dealt with this season, it’s also an injury that has largely gone away for him in recent weeks.

“I thought I was past it earlier,” he said. “Since the Cleveland game, it’s been very fine. The first time that I felt it tweaked again was Saturday against Indiana. That’s about a three-week stretch where it felt completely fine, felt normal, had no problems. I’m not sure. Keep getting treatment, keep getting trying to feel good to keep lacing them up.”

That’s a bit of good news and bad news. On one front, it is possible he gets treatment and this fades into the background again. But that also seems to indicate it could similarly flare-up again and cause issues.

Davis hasn’t missed the second night of a back-to-back yet this season. Ham went on to note that AD, LeBron James and Jarred Vanderbilt — who missed Tuesday’s game with back spasms — would be evaluated before the game on Wednesday.

The Lakers have a pair of games in San Antonio coming up, so it should offer them the chance to be cautious. The Spurs are on a historically bad run, having lost 17 consecutive games heading into the pair of games against the Lakers.

It would not be a surprise if Davis, or a potential couple of Lakers, sat out on Wednesday against a reeling Spurs team.

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