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The Los Angeles Lakers announced Friday that star Anthony Davis will be out indefinitely with a stress injury in his right foot.
The news release cited “extensive consultation with Lakers team physicians and outside specialists.”
According to B/R’s Chris Haynes, Davis will be reevaluated in approximately two weeks. If his healing is on schedule, “the hope is he could ramp up his workouts en route to a return.”
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ESPN Sources: The pain has subsided in past several days in Anthony Davis’ foot and he’s expected to rest it for another 7-to-10 days and have it re-evaluated and see if he can return to play. For now, there’s hope that a procedure can be avoided. https://t.co/4B2RXiAZTV
Davis was injured Dec. 16 against the Denver Nuggets and experienced discomfort in his right foot, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported Sunday the injury would cost the forward at least one month.
Lengthy absences are nothing new for Davis, who played only 40 games last season and 36 games in 2020-21. The eight-time All-Star was mostly healthy in 2019-20 as the Lakers won the NBA title, but he has struggled to stay on the floor since and the team has been out of playoff contention in the last two seasons.
Davis has been dominant when on the court this season, averaging 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in 25 appearances.
Los Angeles has been unable to replace him, however. Thomas Bryant, Wenyen Gabriel and Damian Jones play extra minutes in the frontcourt in Davis’ absence, though there is a steep drop-off.
It puts more pressure on LeBron James to pick up the slack in all phases of the game.
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