Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star ruled out of remainder of Game 4 vs. Suns with left groin strain

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Anthony Davis has been ruled out of the remainder of Game 4 of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns with a left groin strain. Davis played through a hyperextended right knee that he suffered in the second half of Game 3 against the Suns. 

The injury occurred late in the first half. Davis went up for a layup but immediately fell to the ground clutching his leg. He stayed on the floor at that point, but when he went back to the locker room for halftime, he never returned and was ultimately ruled out shortly thereafter. 

Davis had been absolutely dominant over the past two games, averaging 34 points and 10.5 rebounds in the Lakers’ two wins in this series. In this game, however, he had only six points on nine shots as he dealt with that hyperextended knee. Davis has fought through injuries all season long for the Lakers, appearing in only 36 of a possible 72 games for them due to issues with his calf and Achilles tendon. 

The Lakers cannot win a championship without a healthy Davis. It’s as simple as that. They still need to win two more games against Phoenix just to escape this first-round series, and if Davis isn’t healthy enough to help them do that, they’re going to have to lean even more heavily on LeBron James to carry the load on offense. He himself is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain, and starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was already out with an injury of his own. Throw in Chris Paul’s shoulder and this series has been defined almost entirely by injuries. It’s a sad state of affairs for what should have been one of the best matchups of the postseason. Hopefully, Davis can return in time for Game 5.

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