Report: Lakers' Anthony Davis Day-to-Day with Groin Injury; Game 5 Status 'Unclear'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 30, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder defends during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis was ruled out of Sunday's Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns because of a left groin strain.

He suffered the injury in the first half and did not come out with the team to start the second half.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported Davis was ruled day-to-day in the aftermath of the game. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN added Davis' status for Tuesday's Game 5 is "unclear."

The Los Angeles Times' Dan Woike and Brad Turner reported Davis has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 groin strain, which has led to some "pessimism" about the star's status for Game 5.

After the Lakers lost 100-92 to even the series at two games apiece, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told reporters Davis was undergoing further evaluation and that an update would be provided Monday.

Davis was questionable coming into the game because of a knee injury but started and tallied six points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal before suffering the injury.

The one thing that held the defending champion Lakers back for much of the regular season was injuries, as LeBron James (ankle) and Davis (calf and Achilles) both missed significant time. The result was an up-and-down year that saw them relegated to the play-in tournament prior to the postseason.

When Davis and James are healthy, Los Angeles is on the short list of realistic title contenders once again.

Davis is an eight-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Defensive selection who averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game this season.

Even with LeBron, it is difficult to envision the Lakers winning the championship if Davis is sidelined for an extended period of time in the playoffs.

In the meantime, they will need to rely even more on Andre Drummond and Marc Gasol in the frontcourt.