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Lakers’ Alex Caruso references ‘Remember the Titans’ in response to Anthony Davis injury

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Alex Caruso offered a Remember the Titans reference when asked about the challenge his team is facing in light of Anthony Davis’ back injury.

Davis landed on the small of his back after going up for a block attempt in the third quarter. He hit the deck hard, writhed in pain, then rolled over to bang his fist on the court. The fall led to a hush inside the Staples Center, and he was later helped to the locker room.

Thankfully, Davis’ injury doesn’t seem to be as severe as some had thought. The former No. 1 overall pick has been diagnosed with a bruised tailbone after undergoing an MRI overnight. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Davis will travel with the Lakers during their upcoming road trip, though he’ll likely be held out for recovery.

When asked about the challenge of playing without Davis, Caruso recalled a scene from ‘Remember the Titans,’ noting that the team will have to step up as a committee:

“It’s not one person,” Alex Caruso told ESPN when asked about the challenge of making up for Davis’ absence. “It’s like that old ‘Remember the Titans’ [scene], like, ‘You cannot replace a Gerry Bertier.’ So, it’s like you can’t replace AD with one person. You got to do it by committee, so it’s got to be spot minutes here and there, depending on who has got to be in there and we just got to try and replicate how hard he plays. We obviously can’t be 6-10 and shoot 3s and take people off the dribble and dunk. We just have to be able to play as hard as we can in our roles and do what we can to make up for that.”

The Lakers improved to 30-7 with Tuesday night’s 117-87 victory over the Knicks. Los Angeles will look to keep their six-game winning streak alive on Friday, when they travel to Dallas for a matchup against the Mavericks.