Is Anthony Davis Playing Today Against the Grizzlies?

The Los Angeles Lakers stole Game 1 of the Western Conference first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 128-112 road win. All of a sudden, the Lakers are seen as a contender that can move forward in the Playoffs and advance to the second round, where they would most likely meet the Sacramento Kings.

But there is still a long way to go before they can think that deep. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for tonight, and the main concern for the Lakers is Anthony Davis. The power forward was one of the key players on the Lakers’ team in Game 1, as he scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Late in the second quarter of the game, Davis went for an offensive rebound and got hit in his hand, which looked pretty scary at first. He grabbed his arm, and it was clear he said, “I can’t move my hand”. Darvin Ham called a time out and Davis sat on the bench still holding his hand. Luckily for the Lakers, Davis returned, and they demolished the Grizzlies winning the second half by 22.

Is Anthony Davis Playing Today Against the Grizzlies
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What’s Davis’s Injury Status Ahead of Game 2 of the Series?

Going into Game 2, Anthony Davis is listed as probable for the Lakers. The weird thing about it is the fact that he is not on the injury list because of the hand injury we all saw in Game 1 but for a right foot stress injury. Knowing that Davis missed more than a month in the regular season with a foot injury the question is Davis playing today is still something that bothers the Lakers’ fans. Those who are not big optimists regarding Davis physical shape are also wondering if he even recovered at all or is Davis still injured?

How important is Davis for the Lakers?

LeBron James is still the go-to guy in the Lakers team but it is safe to say that Davis is the one that can make the difference in the series against the Grizzlies. Detailed stats from Game 1 show that the Grizzlies were shooting just 5 of 19 when Davis was the closest defender. Davis averaged 25.9 points and 12.5 rebounds on 56.3% shooting from the field in the regular season and the Lakers have no other big that can have a similar impact of the game. The Lakers signed free agent Tristan Thompson right before the Playoffs as a back up for Davis but Thompson is far past his prime and he would barely score against the Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr.

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