Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 4 on Thursday night, Anthony Davis landed awkwardly on Paul Millsap’s foot and immediately clutched at his own, writhing in obvious pain.
While he didn’t leave the game, the lingering effects from spraining his left ankle on that play now have his status for Game 5 in doubt. As of Friday night, Davis has been listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s important matchup against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
The Lakers have officially listed Anthony Davis (sprained left ankle) as questionable for Saturday's Game 5 against Denver
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Davis stayed in the game following the injury, which you can watch below if you have the stomach for it (it’s not too bad), and hit both free throws as a result of Millsap’s foul, but he was clearly in some pain throughout the rest of the night. But then again, it also didn’t prevent him from throwing down a lob thanks to an alley-oop from Rajon Rondo not even 30 seconds of game time after the injury before playing out the rest of the evening.
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“[My] Ankle feels fine. Got tonight, tomorrow before the game to get it back to, I don’t want to say back to where it was, but good enough to play,” Davis said after Game 4. “Rolled it pretty bad but not too bad. I’ll be fine.”
Davis finished Game 4 with 34 points on 10-15 shooting as the Los Angeles Lakers fought off the Nuggets late rally to secure a 114-108 win, taking a 3-1 series lead. But if Denver knows how to do one thing better than anyone else in NBA history, it’s how to overcome a 3-1 series hole in the postseason. The Lakers will surely need Davis healthy and ready to go if they want to finish the Nuggets off and advance to the NBA Finals.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said earlier on Friday that Davis is “experiencing some soreness” but that he is expected to play on Saturday.