Anthony Davis, the esteemed center for the Los Angeles Lakers, sustained a head injury during the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of a heated match against the Golden State Warriors, which ended in a 121-106 victory for the Warriors.
The injury appeared to be an accidental hit from Golden State’s Kevon Looney as the two competed for a position in the paint. With 7:43 left in the game, Davis was seen on the bench clutching his head in pain before being escorted to the locker room.
Following the incident, questions arose about Davis’ condition and his availability for Friday’s Game 6 (10 ET, ESPN) back in Los Angeles. Lakers’ coach Darivn Ham expressed optimism about Davis’ condition, though he refrained from providing specific details about the evaluations undertaken, including potential concussion testing.
According to TNT’s Chris Hayes, Davis needed a wheelchair to reach the locker room, but it seems he managed to avoid a concussion. Further, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported Davis was able to leave the stadium post-game without assistance.
Coach Ham provided a brief update, “Everyone saw he took a shot to the head, but we just checked in on him, and he seems to be doing really good already. That’s just where he’s at. That’s the status of it right now.”
Despite the incident, the Lakers maintain a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Before his abrupt exit, Davis had chalked up an impressive 23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, although he failed to record a block.
His teammate, Austin Reaves, noted that Davis was doing “better,” which he took as a positive sign. He added that regardless of Davis’ status, the Lakers would be prepared for the next game.
“AD is huge to what we do. I believe he’ll play, but if that’s not the case, we’re still a group of NBA basketball players that have played games without him this year,” Reaves said. “You never want to play a big game without a guy like that. But that’s the nature of the game.”