Report: Anthony Davis likely to miss Lakers-Suns Game 5

Anthony Davis suffers injury in Lakers-Suns Game 4
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The Lakers lost Anthony Davis to a second-quarter groin injury then Game 4 to the Suns yesterday.

Now tied 2-2 with Phoenix, Los Angeles will probably have to try to win Game 5 without Davis at all.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Davis was described as day-to-day, so maybe he’ll play in Game 6 Thursday. But it doesn’t bode well that he was nearly ruled out a full day before Game 5.

The Lakers have generally played well with LeBron James on the court, with or without Davis. But Los Angeles hasn’t quite played well enough with LeBron (who’s battling ankle issues) or had him out there enough (37.8 minutes per game) to seize control of this series.

Davis has been the Lakers’ barometer. He played well Game 2 and Game 3 wins and struggled in Game 1 and Game 4 losses (before getting hurt in the latter).

Sans Davis, the Lakers could slide LeBron to power forward. But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed Game 4, so Los Angeles doesn’t necessarily have its usual wing depth. Markieff Morris could also start at power forward if the Lakers want to stay big.

With even less margin for error, Los Angeles must optimize its center minutes. Last game, that meant more backup Marc Gasol than starter Andre Drummond. But the Suns have exploited Gasol’s slowness at times, and managing Drummond’s ego could be necessary to getting the best from him.