Anthony Davis takes hard fall, is questionable for Lakers' next game
Big man diagnosed with a contusion after taking spill vs. Knicks on Tuesday
From NBA Twitter and media reports
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis limped off the court late in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 117-87 victory over the Knicks and did not return after taking a hard fall on his tailbone.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like he will be out of the mix for too long.
This morning, the Lakers said the MRI Davis had revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis is questionable for the Lakers’ next game and will travel with the team. The Lakers face the Mavericks on Friday (9:45 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Thunder on Saturday (8 ET, League Pass).
Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report that Davis would travel with the team on its road trip.
Good news on the Anthony Davis front after he took that fall last night against the Knicks: an MRI showed a gluteus maximus contusion. He’s set to be listed as questionable for Friday’s game at Dallas, and Davis will travel with the team.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 8, 2020
Lakers listing Anthony Davis questionable for the Dallas game with a bruised gluteus maximus. As @ShamsCharania noted, Davis will travel with the team on road trip.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 8, 2020
Lakers say that the MRI for Anthony Davis revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis will travel for Lakers' upcoming two-day trip in Dallas & OKC. Lakers listing Davis as questionable for Mavs game on Friday.
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 8, 2020
Davis was knocked off balance and hit the floor while attempting to defend Julius Randle’s drive to the basket with 2:45 remaining in the third. He remained on the court throughout the remainder of the ensuing timeout before gingerly making his way back to the dressing room. At the time, the Lakers announced Davis had suffered a sacral contusion, a bruise of the sacrum bone near the bottom of the spine and was due for an MRI on Wednesday.
“He’s going to go through additional testing, and we’ll have an update for you guys (Wednesday),” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “Fingers crossed, pray for the best. You never want to see any of your guys suffer anything serious, so we just hope and pray for the best right now.”
Per Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Davis was in the locker room after the game to greet his teammates. He laughed and joked with them and told them he’d fill them in on how he’s doing as soon as he can. Yahoo’s Chris Haynes said Davis told him he was “fine” as he left Staples Center.
Davis, who has played in 34 of the Lakers’ 36 games this season, left the game with five points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.
After the game, Davis was in the locker room to greet his teammates. He laughed and joked with them and told them he’d let them know how he was doing as soon as he could.
“I asked him if I could do anything for him. He said you got a win for me,” James said, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s what our team is all about.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.