Anthony Davis listed as questionable vs. Mavs with bruised gluteus maximus
Davis took a hard fall in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s matchup against the Knicks. The former No. 1 overall pick rose up for a block attempt, but a bit of a mid-air bump caused him to lose his center of gravity. As a result, he slammed onto the deck, landing on the small of his back without bracing.
The Lakers big immediately writhed in pain, rolled over, then pounded his fist into the court a few times. He was later helped off the floor. The injury left the crowd inside Staples Center silent, as they were obviously concerned. Thankfully, though, MRI results came back clean, and he’s been diagnosed with a “bruised gluteus maximus.”
AD heads to locker room after scary fall on back.
Hope he's ok 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TZgQGuQKnd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2020
It’s not clear if Davis will play in Friday night’s game against the Mavs, but he will travel with the team, according to multiple reports:
Lakers listing Anthony Davis questionable for the Dallas game with a bruised gluteus maximus. As @ShamsCharania noted, Davis will travel with the team on road trip.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) January 8, 2020
Davis has been an excellent addition for the Lakers, who are currently holding a Western Conference-best 30-7 overall record. In his 35 appearances with the team, he’s racked up averages of 27.1 points on 50.4 percent shooting from the field (29.7 percent from beyond the arc), 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.2 minutes per outing.
Friday night’s Lakers-Mavs game is scheduled to tip inside the American Airlines Center at 9:45 p.m. ET, with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.