The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 125-121 on Tuesday night. In the process, they secured their second win of the season and somehow overcame the absence of team star LeBron James.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for LA.
With roughly a minute to go in regulation, Anthony Davis attempted to go up for a rebound – only to fall awkwardly on his right leg.
Given Davis’ injury history, for obvious reasons, this was a scary scene.
After the game Davis would go on to offer some insight into his injury, referring to it as a “little stinger” and suggesting Wednesday would reveal the true extent of the situation.
Davis is an incredible talent, as his 35 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks against the Spurs would suggest. However – he is very susceptible to injuries. Last season he played in just 36 total outings. This is a problem that has haunted him his entire career.
Over the summer Davis underwent a major body transformation. The hope was that it would help him build a resistance and tolerance to getting hurt, all the while speeding up future recoveries. Time will tell whether all that offseason work will ultimately pay dividends.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) October 26, 2021
Either way, it’s very hard to carry on a championship run like this. It is particularly difficult when, four games in, you already have to worry about arguably your second-best player being hurt.
The Lakers may still come back to have a great season. They certainly have more than enough talent to do so. But that being said, things haven’t gotten off to the smoothest of starts.