Anthony Davis Reportedly Out for Lakers vs. Rockets with Groin Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 12, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis holds the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday, May 9, 2021 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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The Los Angeles Lakers continue to deal with injury issues ahead of the postseason, with Anthony Davis set to miss Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets because of tightness in his groin, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Los Angeles was already going to be without LeBron James, who confirmed he has yet to fully recover from his ankle injury:

LeBron James @KingJames

Getting close but I won’t be in the lineup tonight but more importantly I will be there to put that CHAMPIONSHIP banner in the rafters at Staples Center in front of our fans!! #No17 💜💛

The Lakers have played 16 games this season without Davis and James. They went 6-10 in those contests.

Davis missed 30 games from Feb. 16-April 19 due to a strained calf. The Lakers were 21-7 before he went down, but they managed a 14-16 record without the eight-time All-Star.

The reigning NBA champions' struggles without their two superstars have them fighting to avoid the play-in tournament. James attempted to play through a sprained ankle, but Wednesday will be the sixth straight game he's missed and his 26th absence in the team's last 28 contests.

Davis is averaging 21.9 points on 49.2 percent shooting, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 34 starts this season.

If the Lakers don't have both of their superstars playing at full strength in the playoffs, their path to repeating as champions will become extremely difficult. Until Davis can return to the lineup, head coach Frank Vogel will rely on Markieff Morris as the primary power forward.


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