Before the Los Angles Lakers took on Phoenix Suns in game four, Anthony Davis was listed as questionable.
“There’s no chance that I don’t play tomorrow,” Davis said after practice Saturday. “As a player, I’ve wanted to be in this moment. You want to be in the playoffs and help contribute to my team’s success. I want to be out there. So in my eyes, for me as a competitor, I think I’ll be out there [Sunday].”
He did, in fact, suit up for the Lakers, but he had to exit the game early with a groin strain, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell and was replaced by Kyle Kuzma.
According to Lakers former trainer Marco Nunez, last season’s Defensive Player of the Year runner up could miss between two weeks to two months with the injury.
“Depending on the location of the strain on the muscle and the degree, a 1st degree, muscular strain timeline to return is 2-4 weeks,” said Nunez via text.
“Longer, up to 6-8 weeks if he is diagnosed with a 2nd or 3rd-degree strain. Similar to a hamstring strain, a groin strain can be crucial for an athlete involved in a sport like basketball.”
Anthony Davis finished the game with six points, four rebounds, and three assists as the Lakers fell to the Suns 100-92.