Is Anthony Davis Playing Tonight in Game 6 vs Warriors?

The Los Angeles Lakers are one step away from reaching the Western Conference Finals as they have a 3-2 lead against the Golden State Warriors. Game 6 is scheduled for tonight in LA where the Lakers won both games in this series. Knowing how tough of an opponent the Warriors are, the Lakers will need everything they got to place the final punch to the defending champions.

The question that can prove to be crucial is Anthony Davis playing tonight is still up in the air. The Lakers’ power forward suffered a hit to the head by Warriors’ center Kevon Looney in Game 5 and left the game without returning. Later, he was taken in a wheelchair to the concussion room.

Day later, Lakers coach Darvin ham revealed that Davis was not in the concussion protocol and not showing any signs of anything.

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What’s Davis’s Injury Status Ahead of Game 6 of the Series?

Davis was suspected to have suffered a concussion after being hit to the head but as of today, his name is not on the injury list. That is a good sign for the Lakers since the NBA has a very strict policy when it comes to head injuries. Davis has been the best player for the Lakers in this series despite many are criticizing him for being inconsistent. He is the only reliable big man on the Lakers team and absolutely the key player in this series for the Lakers. As of now, he is good to go tonight in Game 6 which gives the Lakers a chance to close the series.

What is NBA’s concussion policy?

The NBA Concussion Policy outlines the necessary steps that need to be followed for a player to return to action. As stated, “If a player is suspected of having a concussion, or exhibits the signs or symptoms of a concussion, he must be removed from participation by either a team physician, or an athletic trainer for the player’s team, and undergo evaluation in a quiet, distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation. Prior to a player being allowed to return to game participation, the evaluating physician (or athletic trainer) is required to review the video to assess the mechanism.”

“If a player undergoes a concussion evaluation and is not diagnosed with a concussion, the team’s medical staff must continue to monitor the player, and the player must undergo at least another concussion evaluation by the team’s medical staff prior to the team’s next game or practice or approximately 24 hours after the initial concussion evaluation (whichever is first). If the player subsequently develops any signs or symptoms of a concussion, the player must immediately be removed from participation and undergo an additional concussion evaluation.”

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