The Lakers injuries already without LeBron James, ruled out Anthony Davis on Wednesday due to a foot ailment. D’Angelo Russell is also sidelined due to an injured right ankle. The Los Angeles Lakers were already missing LeBron James, and things only worsened.
The Lakers have declared Anthony Davis out for Wednesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a right foot stress injury, adding to the team’s injury concerns after a game-changing trade deadline.
The location of the injury is especially troubling, given that the All-Star missed 20 games earlier this season due to a broken bone spur and stress reaction in the same foot.
Later Wednesday, Lakers head coach Darvin Johnson informed reporters that resting Davis is a precautionary measure but that he must undergo testing before being allowed to play again.
Davis has been on a roll lately
Averaging 21.9 points, 15.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 2.0 assists in his past seven games. The news comes only two days after James was said to be sidelined indefinitely with a foot ailment. The team’s biggest deadline acquisition, D’Angelo Russell, was also ruled out for a second straight game with a damaged right ankle.
It’s uncertain when James will return, but it’s anticipated he’ll be out for a prolonged period, which isn’t what you want to hear before the season starts.
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It’s uncertain when James will return, but it’s thought he’ll be out for an extended period, which is different from what you want to hear with the Lakers only having 20 games remaining in the season. According to Lakers head coach Darvin Johnson, Russell is also questionable for Thursday’s game against the Thunder.
The absence of three All-Stars, James, Davis, and Russell, creates a difficult position for the 29-33 Lakers, who are running out of time to turn around a season in which nothing has gone as planned. The squad is presently ranked 12th in the Western Conference. However, it is only one game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the Western Conference’s last play-in slot.
Yet, the games against the Thunder on Wednesday and Thursday are crucial since the Lakers are a half-game ahead of them in the standings.