PHOENIX – Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis will miss Tuesday’s crucial Game 5 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Suns due to a groin strain, the team announced.
Markieff Morris will start in Davis’ place, based on lineups posted 30 minutes before kickoff.
Davis injured his groin late in the second quarter of Game 4 and did not play after halftime, opening the door for the second-seeded Suns to tie the series 2-2 against the Lakers seventh.
With Davis out, Phoenix point guard Chris Paul, who hurt his right shoulder in Game 1, posted his best performance of the series with 18 points, 9 assists, 3 steals and zero turnovers in the 100-92 victory. .
“Chris seemed limited to one or two games, but he obviously had a great rebounding game the last game, and hopefully AD can come back at some point and give us the same kind of rebounding game,” Vogel said. during his pregame press conference. “But it was one of those series where two teams are fighting.”
Davis tested his groin on the court about an hour and 15 minutes before kickoff with light training, mostly attempting shots from the standing position with very little running or activity.
Vogel said the Lakers’ coaching staff had been working on Davis’ injury rehab “nonstop” since Sunday, and the decision to play or not was made out of Davis’ hands.
“It is a medical decision,” Vogel said. “If we feel like he’s at risk of further injury, then obviously they won’t leave him out there. But if they feel like he’s just managing the pain and not taking more risk than any other player, they’ll have it clear. But it’s going to be a medical decision.” .
Vogel added that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, out for Game 4 with a sore left knee, would return to the lineup Tuesday.