LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis missed the second half of Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday after straining his left groin muscle.
Davis landed on the court with a hard thud after catching a pass in the final minute. After a few moments, Davis stood up without any assistance. But he walked with a noticeable limp.
Once the halftime buzzer sounded, Davis walked toward the Suns’ basket and hunched over in pain. He eventually walked to the locker room.
The Lakers’ medical staff evaluated Davis at halftime and finalized their decision to sit him out without about eight minutes left in the third quarter.
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Davis had six points while shooting 2-for-9 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3-point range along with four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.
Davis had was already nursing a sprained left knee after landing awkwardly following a chase-down block on Suns guard Devin Booker with 2:30 left in the first half of Game 3. But Davis stayed in the game and finished with 34 points on 11-for-22 shooting.
After Saturday’s practice, Davis said he had some swelling in his left knee but vowed that he would play anyway. The Lakers’ medical staff cleared Davis to play Game 4 on Sunday morning.
Davis also missed a combined 30 games this season after straining his left calf.
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