Anthony Davis stood on the finish of the Lakers’ introduction line wearing all black, a smile on his face as he watched his teammates undergo their pregame routine.
Davis was unable to play due to a stress damage in his proper foot that the crew stated Friday would go away him sidelined indefinitely.
Earlier than they performed the Charlotte Hornets at Crypto.com Enviornment, the Lakers stated Davis had acquired intensive session with the crew’s physicians and outdoors specialists to find out his damage.
Then late within the fourth quarter, the participant who began rather than Davis, Thomas Bryant, injured his proper shoulder and needed to be helped to the locker room with 3 minutes 16 seconds left within the Lakers’ eventual 134-130 loss to the Hornets. Afterward, the Lakers stated Bryant was nonetheless being evaluated and didn’t have an replace.
Even with all of the accidents, Lakers coach Darvin Ham was not joyful along with his crew’s efficiency, saying that the factor that “pisses me off” have been the “self-inflected wounds.”
“We have to do a much, much better job, again, of maintaining competitiveness, closing out teams, holding them to one possession, possession by possession, just holding them to one shot,” Ham stated. “And when we get the ball, being better organized.”
With Davis sitting out his fourth consecutive sport — and counting — the Lakers as soon as once more turned to LeBron James to make up for his appreciable absence.
It helped that Russell Westbrook, who sat out the final two video games due to left ankle soreness, and Austin Reaves, who sat out the final two due to a sprained proper ankle, had each returned.
However even with James producing 34 factors and eight rebounds, it wasn’t sufficient to cease the Lakers from dropping their third straight sport.
They’d one final likelihood to win after James was referred to as for goaltending a shot Gordon Hayward made by getting an offensive rebound with six seconds left to provide the Hornets a 132-130 lead.
When the Lakers obtained the ball again, the Hornets double-teamed James, who misplaced his shoe and fell as he handed the ball to Dennis Schroder within the nook. However Schroder missed a possible profitable three-pointer, and that was it for the Lakers.
“Obviously had our chances tonight,” James stated. “It was another, don’t say disappointing because I’m not disappointed in our effort. I’m not disappointed in our guys. Just you want to be out there and be able to win the game that’s right there for you.”
Getting again to Davis, it appeared as if Davis was injured within the first quarter of a house sport towards the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 16, when he clipped the skin of his foot towards the within of Denver heart Nikola Jokic’s leg on a reverse layup. Davis continued to play within the first half, however he stayed within the locker room at halftime and hasn’t performed since.
Davis had been taking part in at an elite stage this season, having his title talked about in MVP conversations for averaging 27.4 factors (eleventh finest within the NBA), 12.1 rebounds and a pair of.1 blocks (each third finest within the league).
“It’s tough on him, man, just his history, and here in recent years, you know not being able to be available its tough. And especially with the year he was having, the level he was playing at, it’s tough for him,” Ham stated earlier than the sport.
“He’s trying to lend moral support and still be there as a teammate and give great feedback to the guys, give feedback to the coaches. So, he’s still mentally, spiritually involved. He’s not detached from the group. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll get through and hopefully have him back as soon as possible.”