Lakers news: Anthony Davis 'still not ready yet,' out vs. Rockets
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Anthony Davis ‘still not ready yet,’ out for Lakers vs. Rockets

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis has been ruled out of the team’s Saturday contest against the Houston Rockets as he recovers from a tailbone injury.

According to head coach Fran Vogel, Davis is “still not ready yet” despite the progress he has made since sustaining the injury against the New York Knicks last Jan. 7. He was initially listed as questionable.

The Houston game is the fifth straight contest that the Lakers will be without AD.

In 35 games this season — including the game with the Knicks that saw him play only 28 minutes — Davis is averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steal and 2.6 blocks per contest. He is also shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Fortunately for the Lakers, they can afford to give AD some rest given the way they are playing right now. Aside from LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard have all stepped up to fill the void he left in the frontcourt.

In the past four contests without Davis, the Lakers went 3-1. Their only defeat came at the hands of the Orlando Magic, who snapped the Purple and Gold’s nine-game winning streak.

Head coach Frank Vogel admitted recently that he is “very anxious” about Anthony Davis’ absence, especially considering that the big man is a major piece in the Lakers’ championship hopes. However, Vogel noted that the team will be extra cautious and make sure he is 100 percent ready to play before fielding him.