Lakers star C Anthony Davis reportedly will play in Game 6 vs. Warriors
The Los Angeles Lakers expect to have Anthony Davis on the court as they again attempt to close out the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of their Western Conference semi-final series on Friday.
After exiting Wednesday’s 121-106 loss with a head injury, Davis apparently is not in the concussion protocol, according to reports, and should be ready to play.
The league’s concussion protocol prohibits a player diagnosed with a concussion from playing in a game that same day or the next calendar day.
An official injury report will be released later Thursday.
Davis’ availability appeared murky after he was inadvertently hit in the head and was reportedly feeling woozy and required a wheelchair to go to the locker room.
Immediate tests after the game were encouraging, however, according to Lakers coach Darvin Ham.
“He seems to be doing really good already,” Ham told reporters after the game.
Davis was injured with 7:43 to go in the fourth quarter when Kevon Looney’s elbow hit him in the head as the two were converging under the basket on D’Angelo Russell’s driving layup.
The 6-foot-10 superstar stayed in the game until the Lakers’ next possession before taking a seat on the bench.
Prior to leaving, Davis was in the midst of another solid game, totalling 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds and three assists. However, he did fail to block a shot for a second straight game after blocking 11 shots in the first three games of the series.
Leading 101-88 when Davis exited, the Warriors remained in control the rest of the way to keep their season alive and cut the Lakers’ advantage in this best-of-seven series to 3-2.
The series now shifts back to Los Angeles, where the Lakers are 5-0 this postseason.