NBA: Lakers' Anthony Davis out at least 4 weeks

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Feb 18 2022 02:41 PM

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) catches a pass in this file photo. Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) catches a pass in this file photo. Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Lakers forward Anthony Davis will be sidelined a minimum of four weeks after sustaining a right mid-foot sprain in Los Angeles' 106-101 win against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

Davis underwent X-rays on Wednesday that revealed no fracture, but an MRI exam on Thursday revealed the extent of the injury, according to the team.

Earlier reports indicated that the injury was to the right ankle and that Davis could be back in as little as two weeks.

Davis was pulling down a rebound in the air when his right foot landed on the heel of Utah's Rudy Gobert. Davis' right ankle rolled, sending him immediately to the floor.

After a visit from team medical staff, Davis was helped off the court, unable to put weight on his right foot. He collected 17 points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 17 minutes before leaving.

"Win games until we get him back," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of the team's plan for Davis' absence. "It's that simple. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We don't know obviously how long it will be, but we gotta win as many games as we can down the stretch and believe in the group that we have. And hopefully we're able to get whole as quickly as possible."

The Lakers (27-31) are now off for the All-Star break, returning to action on Feb. 25 against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

It has been an injury-plagued season for Davis, an eight-time All-Star who had been listed as probable for Wednesday's game with a wrist injury. He returned Jan. 23 from a 17-game absence caused by a knee injury. He also missed significant time last season with separate calf and knee injuries.

Davis, 28, is averaging 23.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 37 games this season. He has averaged 23.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in 601 career games (596 starts).