The Lakers will be without one of their most important players for an extended period. Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis is heading back to the bench after reaggravating an Achilles injury during a February game against the Nuggets. With the seven-time All-Star expected to sit multiple weeks and LeBron James also sidelined, the Lakers will be looking to avoid a major drop in the Western Conference standings.
During the second quarter of a Feb. 14 game in Denver, Davis attempted to drive past Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and was able to draw a foul. He walked out of bounds after he heard the whistle, clearly limping as he made his way to the free throw line. Davis hit both shots at the charity stripe, but the Lakers had to sub him out at the next stoppage. He never returned, and Los Angeles lost by a final score of 122-105. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Davis had reaggravated his right Achilles tendonosis, which knocked him out of two games earlier in the month. Fortunately for Davis and the Lakers, MRI results showed no rupture of the right Achilles tendon but reportedly revealed a calf strain and confirmed the tendonosis.
“I felt great coming back the first time against Memphis, and I’m going to do the same thing, the same steps to get it back right,” Davis said after the game. “Obviously, be a little bit smarter with it, like I was smart the first time, but even smarter. Up the treatment more — instead of three times a day, maybe five times a day just trying to get it back where it needs to be to go out there and help the team.” “We want to try to put this fully behind him and be conservative with it just to make sure that it’s fully healed before he’s back,” Vogel said.