Lakers’ Anthony Davis pressured to exit Recreation 5 with head damage
SAN FRANCISCO — Lakers middle Anthony Davis injured his head in what gave the impression to be an inadvertent hit by Golden State’s Kevon Looney halfway by way of the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 121-106 Recreation 5 victory within the Western Convention semifinals Wednesday evening.
Davis grabbed at his head grimacing on the bench earlier than going to the locker room following the play with 7:43 remaining.
He and Looney have been battling for positioning within the paint on a driving layup by the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell.
Davis’ standing for Recreation 6 on Friday evening again in Los Angeles is unclear however coach Darivn Ham was inspired afterward with out offering particulars on what analysis — comparable to concussion testing — the large man went by way of as soon as within the locker room.
TNT reported Davis required a wheelchair to go to the locker room.
One other good signal was Davis strolling out of Chase Middle on his personal.
“Clearly, everybody noticed he took a shot to the top, however we simply checked in on him, he appears to be doing actually good already,” Ham stated. “That’s simply the place he’s at. That’s the standing of it proper now.”
The Lakers lead the best-of-seven sequence 3-2.
Davis completed with 23 factors on 10-for-18 taking pictures, 9 rebounds and three assists however didn’t block a shot.
Teammate Austin Reaves reported Davis doing “higher” as a optimistic signal, however that Los Angeles could be prepared with or with out him.
“Clearly, AD is large to what we do. I consider he’ll play, but when that’s not the case, we’re nonetheless a bunch of NBA basketball gamers which have performed video games with out him this yr,” Reaves stated. “You by no means need to play a giant recreation with out a man like that. However that’s the character of the sport.”
Stephen Curry and the Warriors totally count on to see AD come Friday evening.
“I do not know what occurred to him or what his scenario is,” Curry stated, “however I might say yeah.”