The Los Angeles Lakers were able to beat the New York Knicks in pretty convincing fashion on Tuesday night. They eventually won, 117-87, however, the win may have had its consequences for the Lakers.
Anthony Davis leaves the game in the third quarter
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After contesting a shot late in the third quarter, Anthony Davis went down hard. He was immediately grimacing in pain, as he was grabbing at his lower back/tailbone area which he appeared to fall directly on. He wasn’t able to return to the game, as it took him a while to rise to his feet and head to the locker room for x-rays.
Luckily, those x-rays came back negative. The team is officially listing it as a “sacral contusion”, explained below.
The Lakers are describing the injury to Anthony Davis as a "sacral contusion." The sacrum is located above the coccyx, or tailbone.
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We will likely receive more word tomorrow on Davis’ status for Friday’s game, and the games following. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Knicks: “Shoot the three, LeBron” | LeBron James: “Okay!”
The Knicks came into the game with a strategy revolving around sagging off LeBron James, letting him shoot the three if he wanted to. He did, he did it often, and it did not work out well for the New York Knicks.
LeBron James had one of his better all-around shooting nights of the season as a result of the Knicks’ relaxed defense on him, making six of his 12 three-point attempts. He also added a perfect night from the charity stripe, making all seven of his free-throw attempts, ending with 31 points in 31 minutes.
Unfortunately, the Knicks were not playing 2006 LeBron James.
Another good defensive performance
Although it wasn’t as impressive as the Lakers’ Sunday night block party that included a total of 20 blocks, the Lakers still had plenty of blocks to go around tonight.
They eventually ended with 11, with Dwight Howard leading the way with five. Their defense was impressive overall, as they held the Knicks to 87 points on 38.9% shooting.
The Lakers will be leaving home for the first time in a little bit, as they will be traveling to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Again, be sure to stay tuned with us to see if Anthony Davis’ status for that game.