Lakers' Davis (groin) questionable for Sport 5
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Dave McMenaminESPN Crew Author
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LOS ANGELES -- Lakers forward Anthony Davis is questionable for Sport 5 of L.A.'s first-round series with the Phoenix Suns after an MRI on Monday confirmed a strained groin for the eight-time All-Celebrity, Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated.
There could be pessimism surrounding Davis' availability for Tuesday's contest, sources steered ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A return for Sport 6 on Thursday is feasible.
Davis already pushed by a sprained left knee to commence on Sunday, telling journalists earlier than that sport there modified into "no likelihood" he would circulation over it. On the alternative hand, the groin harm forced him out at halftime. He executed with true six facets on 2-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes.
Vogel stated on a videoconference name on Monday that Davis has the same decision for Sport 5 in Phoenix, with the series tied 2-2.
"I point out, these guys, they're colossal opponents. They're repeatedly going to pronounce, 'I'm ignoring this. I'm going to be in there.' So, we'll true gape," Vogel stated. "That's what his mindset is, admire every competitor, nonetheless we'll gape what the groin feels admire [Tuesday], and we'll invent a orderly decision. But he's in appropriate spirits."
Davis modified into bid to fly with the crew to Arizona on Monday afternoon and salvage in a single day treatment on the groin, in maintaining with Vogel.
Kyle Kuzma started the 2d half of of Sport 4 in Davis' jam, nonetheless Vogel would now not verify whether Kuzma would get the same assignment on Tuesday must gathered Davis take a seat.
"You negate I'm going to provide you with the route I'm going to sprint?" Vogel stated with a chortle. "I'm now not going to provide you with the route I'm going to sprint in Sport 5."
Lakers forward Markieff Morris -- who has bought a DNP in six of the Lakers' previous 10 video games and has logged true 12 minutes entire in this series -- hinted on Twitter that he also can salvage his quantity called on Tuesday.
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) Can even 31, 2021
The coach did interpret one fragment of his lineup, nonetheless, asserting the Lakers had been "hopeful" that beginning shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would play Tuesday after a sore left knee saved him out of Sport 4.
Caldwell-Pope, who stated he modified into feeling "significantly better" since Suns guard Devin Booker made inadvertent contact along with his left leg in Sport 3, addressed the challenge of potentially taking half in with out Davis.
"We all know he modified into a colossal key to the offense and protection, and we bought to get up the slack," Caldwell-Pope stated.
Certainly, within the Lakers' two wins in opposition to the Suns this series, Davis averaged 34 facets on 48.6% shooting, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a pair of.0 blocks. In L.A.'s two losses, Davis averaged 9.5 facets on 28% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a pair of.0 blocks.
"No doubt, our identification shifts if Anthony's now not in there, nonetheless it absolutely's now not unheard of for us," stated Vogel, alluding to L.A.'s 11-7 story when LeBron James performed with out Davis within the lineup this season. "We performed a colossal chunk of our season with out him, and optimistically, we are in a position to develop on some of these experiences to gape how we salvage got to shift."