Lakers vs Suns in NBA Playoffs 2021: With the Playoffs on the line for the Lakers before Lakers vs Suns Game 6, it is not certain whether Anthony Davis will be fully fit to play. However, LeBron James has encouraged the big man to not rush back from his injury.
James previously dealt with a groin strain during the 2018-19 season.
Davis took the court twice before Game 5 in an effort to prepare his body but was not cleared for action. Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Davis was in clear pain working out on the floor and strived to move sideways.
It’s unclear if Davis will be able to play in Game 6, but that would look dubious. Groin injuries do not tend to magically heal over a 48-hour timespan.
James missed numerous weeks with his groin injury in 2019 before ultimately sealing his season down when the Lakers were ousted from playoff contention.
The Lakers looked lifeless without Davis on the floor Tuesday night, with the Suns dominating a 115-85 blowout victory.
Lakers vs Suns: Anthony Davis’ injury history
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James is still bargaining with a high-ankle sprain. He was limited to 24 points on the 9-of-19 shooting. Dennis Schroder assumed to pick up some of the scoring slack in Davis’ stead, went scoreless, and missed all nine of his shots.
But if there is a bright spot for the defending champs, it would be the return of Davis on Thursday night at Staples Center.
“Hopefully all the rehab and treatment that I’m doing pays off and the doctors clear me to go tomorrow,” Davis said Wednesday. “I’m getting more treatment tonight, tomorrow and I’ll talk to the doctors before and after I shoot, and hopefully, everything comes back good where they can clear me. That’s what we’re hoping for.”