Report: Anthony Davis’ thumb sprain initially diagnosed as Grade 1, MRI Sunday

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In the first quarter of the Lakers’ preseason game against the Nets, Anthony Davis blocked a shot but sprained his thumb in the process. Soon after, he was taken out of the game and he had his hand iced.

The injury didn’t appear severe at the time, and it looks like it will be a mild sprain, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

However, there are concerns around the team that the injury is more severe than we realize:

Brees’ injury didn’t look like much at the time, either. Hopefully for the Lakers, that is not what happened to Davis.

If the MRI comes back clean, there are a range of recovery times within Grade 1 sprains. With treatment and a wrap on his hand Davis likely could play opening night — in 10 days against the Clippers — or at worst not long after that.

The MRI Sunday will make things more conclusive, and the Lakers will — and should — be cautious with Davis and his health. They also can’t afford for him to be out long with an injury.