The Los Angeles Lakers received some brutal news on Saturday after it was confirmed that Anthony Davis will be missing significant time because of a knee injury. There is no denying that AD's absence will be a huge blow for the Lakers, but as it turns out, there could be a silver lining in all this.
With Anthony Davis sidelined, the Lakers may rely on a heavy dose of LeBron James.
The Lakers have outscored their opponents by 27 points when LeBron James is on the court without Anthony Davis this season, which is better than when they have shared the court. pic.twitter.com/jLOHS5Kg2W
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 19, 2021
Davis underwent an MRI on Saturday after injuring his left knee during Friday's blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The results of the scans were not good at all, and Davis will now be forced to miss at least four weeks of action after being diagnosed with an MCL sprain.
The good news for the Lakers is that LeBron appears to be at his best sans AD. The bad news is that James will be carrying a much heavier load without his superstar teammate in the mix. Say what you want about The King's endurance but there's still no denying that an increased workload will eventually take its toll on LeBron, who will be turning 37 on December 30th.