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Lakers’ Anthony Davis admits he feels lingering shoulder pain on just about every play

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis recently revealed that he has been playing through a lingering shoulder problem. Following the Lakers’ 113-104 Sunday night defeat at the hands of the defending champion Toronto Raptors, the six-time All-Star described exactly what he has been going through:

“There’s really never a play I don’t feel it,” Davis said, via The Athletic’s Bill Oram. “But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game.”

Despite his shoulder injury, however, Davis put forth another outstanding performance for the Lakers on Sunday, logging a game-high 27 points (10-of-20 from the field, 5-of-6 from the line), two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and four blocks in 38 minutes of action.

Davis has been absolutely tremendous for L.A. to start the season, with the 6-foot-10 big man currently averaging 26.6 points (on 48.3 percent shooting), 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.1 blocks. If this is Davis playing on a bum shoulder, then it’s only scary to imagine what type of numbers he’ll be putting up once he’s one hundred percent healthy, though he may not ever get there unless he takes a little time off.

Sunday night’s loss snapped the Lakers’ seven-game winning streak. Davis and company are now 7-2, which is tied with the Denver Nuggets for the best record in the Western Conference.