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REPORT: Anthony Davis diagnosed with lower back bruise, plans to travel with team


The MRI on Anthony Davis’ lower back returned clean and the star forward plans to travel with the Los Angeles Lakers for their two-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Lakers got a quick scare, as Davis suffered a hard fall during Tuesday night’s 30-point blowout of the New York Knicks, and was expected to miss the upcoming road trip to recover. The team took Davis for magnetic resonance imaging that very night, not waiting until Wednesday to do so.

The results seem to be a lot brighter than the team expected after seeing that scary fall, one which turned out to be merely a lower-back bruise.

Davis injury gave pause to many, as he tried to stuff former teammate Julius Randle at the rim, falling with little stability and producing a thud heard around the entire Staples Center, quickly turning and writhing in pain.

Davis had bruised his sacrum in the play, the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone, staying down on the hardwood for two minutes before walking off on his own accord.

His agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, said his client felt extremely sore after the game, but he will have three full days to recover before the Lakers take on the Mavericks on Friday.

While it’s not a certain guarantee that he will play, it’s encouraging that the Lakers deemed him healthy enough to travel, likely to receive treatment during the next two days before a game-time decision is made.