The Los Angeles Lakers’ season has been challenging to say the least. They are three games under .500 more than halfway through the season. It’s definitely not what the Lakers organization envisioned entering the year. One of the reasons for the lack of success has been health.
Both LeBron James and especially Anthony Davis have missed considerable time with injuries. On Thursday night, Los Angeles dropped another game, this time ending on Anthony Davis’ game-winning shot rimming out as time expires. Prior to tip off, the NBA All-Stars were announced. It was the first time in Davis’ 10-year career that he did not make the list. Davis opened up about how the Lakers superstar felt about missing out, and his reaction might surprise you.
“I kind of figured I wasn’t because of the amount of games that I missed,” Davis said. “I know my wife is ecstatic… I can spend time; not be at All-Star and be somewhere else.”
Davis has missed 20 games this season with a myriad of injuries. That has been a consistent threat throughout his career. When he is on the court, the Lakers power forward still dominates on a nightly basis. He dropped 30 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. His availability is typically the issue.
This year, having missed almost 40 percent of the team’s games has had a strong affect on the team’s success. Meanwhile, James has missed the last five games, four of them losses. James is expected back soon though.
Los Angeles is scratching just to maintain a playoff spot as they are currently 8th in the west.