The Los Angeles Lakers secured their 14th straight road win on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks, continuing what is arguably the best current streak in the NBA right now. The game also put the Lakers overall winning streak at seven, giving the team plenty of reasons to celebrate. However, the team really didn’t play well in their 101-96 win over the Hawks and, to add insult to injury, Anthony Davis seemed to turn his right ankle on and and-one late in the 4th quarter.
Davis stayed in the game and seemed to be fine at first, but the big man was definitely limping more-and-more as the rest of the game went on.
The Lakers have some huge games coming up, including Thursday’s matchup against the number one seed Milwaukee Bucks as well as the Christmas Day matchup next week against the Los Angeles Clippers. It appears that Davis was asked about what he thinks his status will be moving forward, and although not much clarity was given, he did say he was “trying to play” Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers, per Dave McMenamin/ESPN.
Anthony Davis, who turned his right ankle late in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game in IND, a league source tells ESPN. He’s approaching his treatment with the goal of being in the lineup as the Lakers try for their 15th straight road win.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 16, 2019
As McMenamin pointed out, a win in Indiana would put the streak at 15 before the Lakers have an opportunity to make it 16 against the Bucks before a return back to Staples Center. You can sort of get the feeling that Davis and the entire roster really pride themselves on being some road dogs, and beating other teams in their own building.
We’ll see if Davis’ pride helps him fight through the injury, but if there’s one thing for sure, Lakers fans would probably prefer that he sits out Tuesday’s game to have more of a chance to see Davis compete against the Bucks and, in a week, the Clippers on Christmas.
We’ll keep you guys updated with any new information when we hear about it, as Davis still hasn’t been given an official designation for his status in tomorrow’s game.