Lakers Rumors: Anthony Davis Out at Least 2-3 Weeks After MRI on Calf Injury

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis plays against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Anthony Davis reportedly will be reevaluated in 2-3 weeks after suffering a calf strain during the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski reported the MRI revealed the calf injury and an aggravation of the right Achilles tendinosis Davis had been dealing with. He added "it is extremely unlikely Davis returns to the lineup" prior to the All-Star Break that runs from March 5-10.

Davis didn't play in the second half of the team's 122-105 loss on Sunday after he suffered the injury, which came after he was forced to miss two games earlier in the week with the Achilles tendinosis.

Davis aggravated the injury in the second quarter when he bumped into Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets center's knee hit Davis' quad, and he looked to have injured his lower leg when planting his foot. After two free throws, he checked out of the game. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, the 27-year-old "keeps a padded heel lift in his sneaker and wears a sleeve when he sleeps that keeps his Achilles in a stretched position" to limit the pain.

Davis said he may increase his treatment regimen to return to the court sooner, but he said he planned to be "even more smarter" than he was the first time, when he returned Friday to drop 35 points in a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies

Kyle Kuzma took over for Davis after the injury, and the fourth-year forward is expected to continue playing in his place until the seven-time All-Star can return. 


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