Anthony Davis (sprained right thumb) is questionable for the Los Angeles Lakers matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Saturday.
Frank Vogel provided the “update” during his post-practice media availability on Friday. (“Still a sprained thumb, questionable for tomorrow” were his exact words.)
I put “update” in quotes because it's not an official listing by the team, which should come at some point later in the day (the Lakers usually send out an initial status report 24 hours or so before each game).
Davis sprained his thumb while chasing a rebound just prior to halftime during the Lakers' debilitating loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Thursday night. He immediately writhed in pain and played with a wrap on his hand in the second half.
Anthony Davis got tangled up chasing a rebound right before halftime and seemed to be in a lot of pain before the Lakers headed to the locker room pic.twitter.com/AgizLs5sYn
— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) November 5, 2021
Vogel's statement aligns with Davis' comments from his postgame remarks. Davis said his thumb was “fine” then acknowledged he dealt with swelling and bleeding after it was bent backwards. He said he “couldn't really move it” at first. When asked about his status for the Blazers matchup, he said “we'll see how it feels.”
Davis was clearly hindered by the injury. After a sterling first half (18 points, 12 rebounds), he was just 3-of-7 in the second half and was much less aggressive going to the basket. AD has also played through ankle soreness for most of the season.
The Lakers are already dealing with the absence of LeBron James, who will miss at least one week with a strained abdominal muscle.
In other Lakers injuries news, Vogel gave a discouraging update on Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn on Friday. Despite THT finally shooting with his right hand after getting stitches removed earlier this week, Vogel said he wasn't optimistic that either player was particularly close to returning to the floor.