Lakers' Anthony Davis (bruised tailbone) out for final contest against Mavericks
Anthony Davis traveled with the Los Angeles Lakers on their upcoming road trip after suffering a bruised tailbone injury, but he won’t be active for Friday’s game against Dallas (9:45 ET, ESPN).
An MRI exam performed on Davis showed no major concerns, and X-rays were negative. He was extremely sore, but his injuries appear to be only bruises.
Davis was hurt when he fell hard on his back and tailbone after trying to block the shot of New York’s Julius Randle in the third quarter of the Lakers’ sixth straight win, 117-87 over the Knicks on Tuesday night.
Davis pounded the court in pain and stayed down for about two minutes while his teammates gathered around him. He eventually rose with help and walked off the court slowly, but under his own power.
After the game, the Lakers’ Danny Green called it an “ugly fall, man. It’s probably going to take some time, seeing how long it took for him to get up and walk out of here, the way he’s walking out of here.”
The news might not be as bad as the Lakers feared, however.
The team initially diagnosed the injury as a bruised sacrum — the lower part of the spine. But the Lakers altered their diagnosis to a soft-tissue bruise after the MRI, which likely means the injury is less serious.
The Lakers play Oklahoma City on Saturday (8 ET, League Pass) before returning to Los Angeles.
Davis will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers. He is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds in his first season with Los Angeles after the team traded most of its young core to New Orleans for him.
“He’s one of our pillars,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s our present. He’s our future. He’s one of the best players in the world, so obviously he means a lot.”
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.