Anthony Davis out to Pacers due to flu symptoms


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Anthony Davis out to Pacers due to flu symptoms

INDIANAPOLIS – Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis will not play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms, the team announced.

Davis played through the illness Tuesday, arriving at Madison Square Garden less than an hour before kickoff and finishing with 20 points and six rebounds in a 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks.

“I woke up feeling bad,” Davis said after the Knicks game. “Headache. All flu symptoms, actually. Cough. Fever. Body ache. Everything. Alone in the hotel, waiting for my fever to go down, and it was a low fever, it could be contagious or something, they said. So I couldn’t leave until my fever went down.

“And the fever went down, I got in the car, I shot right here. Like 48 minutes on the game clock. I went in, did everything I could in terms of treatment. I got dressed. I went out to play. That was it.”

It will be Davis’ first lost game of the season.

“His fever came back after the game and he’s been in bed all day with that fever,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

Los Angeles will start LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker against the Pacers.

It is the Lakers’ 10th different starting lineup in 20 games this season.

“Well, we haven’t played many minutes without Anthony,” Vogel said. “He’s been to every game, and it’s a different challenge for us obviously with what he does on both sides of the ball, and this is a great team we’re playing against, so we will definitely miss his size and length on the inside. We just have to adjust. We’ve been putting guys in and out of the lineup all year, so tonight is no different for us. “

Los Angeles hit Wednesday 1-3 on their five-game road trip that concludes against the Pacers.


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