Anthony Davis left the floor late in the second quarter and did not return for the second half with the Lakers, in the Los Angeles’ 100-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns. After being evaluated at half time by the medical staff in the locker room, it was determined that AD would be out for the second half due to a groin strain.
“There is always a game plan, obviously you cannot predict when you suffer the loss of one of your vital pieces. It was a challenge for us to adjust in the game, but his health is what matters most to us, ”LeBron James said after the loss. “We have to have the mentality that the next player must be ready, whoever it is. It has happened to us all season, but if (Anthony Davis) is not ready for Game 5, it will be a serious blow to our team. “
Davis had already been in doubt before the game, due to a sore knee after a bad fall last game. Now, the groin situation was added.
The Lakers lost their chance to lead 3-1 in the series this Sunday at Staples Center, before traveling to Phoenix. The reality is that the game changed for them with Davis’ departure from the game.
“(Davis) is one of the best players in the world, you had to adjust. I think we made a great effort to try to make up for that loss, but it wasn’t enough, “Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Despite AD’s drop in the second half, we wanted to shoot and we couldn’t find enough offensive drive.”
With the Suns win in Game 4, the series is tied 2-2. Now there is the question according to the health status of both Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, two starting players. Caldwell-Pope was out this afternoon after a left knee concussion suffered last game.
“A lot will obviously fall on LeBron, but we need everyone’s contribution, everyone’s contribution, it has to be a team effort. It already happened to us in the season that we were without Davis for a long time, we will have to stick to things that we did well in that span to face Game 5 if AD is not available, “said Vogel.
The Lakers will travel to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday and return to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Thursday.