Lakers superstar Anthony Davis has been ruled out for the remainder of LA’s pivotal Game 4 against the Suns on Sunday. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Davis was diagnosed with a left groin strain.
Davis exited the game in the second quarter after driving for a layup. He seemed to land awkwardly on the court, and immediately went down grasping his upper thigh/groin area. He left the game and did not return out of halftime, with Kyle Kuzma coming on in replacement.
Davis was considered questionable for Game 4 with a knee sprain, but he said before the game there was “no chance” he would miss out the matchup. A win Sunday would give the Lakers a 3-1 series advantage over the 2-seed Suns, while a loss would even the series 2-2 heading back to Phoenix.
Davis has suffered from injuries for the majority of the 2020-21 season, a contributing factor (along with LeBron James’ own injuries) to LA earning the seventh seed in the Western Conference.
With Davis out, the Lakers trailed 54-50 at halftime. Seven minutes into the third quarter, the Suns’ lead ballooned to 10 as Phoenix outscored LA 15-9.
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