Lakers: Anthony Davis out at least a few weeks with calf strain

Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers. (Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports) /

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis will be sidelined for a few weeks with a calf strain.

Anthony Davis is expected to be held out until sometime after the All-Star break with a calf injury.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward re-injured his Achilles’ tendon in Sunday night’s road loss to the Denver Nuggets. Davis missed the two games prior to the Feb. 14 date at Denver. He had to exit the game after a collision with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. The Lakers will take things incredibly slowly with Davis’ lower leg injury. However, this is great news, as he did not tear his Achilles’.

The Lakers will have to tread water for a month while Anthony Davis recovers

While the MRI did not reveal a torn Achilles’ tendon, the Lakers are smart to proceed with caution regarding their star player’s injury. Though they are going to shut him down for two to three weeks, he could be back in time for the Lakers to accelerate their playoff push in mid-to-late March. If the Lakers want to repeat as NBA champions, they will need him to have any shot.

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Though the Lakers won their first NBA championship with LeBron James and Davis as their two star players, Los Angeles was not a deep team in the Orlando bubble. We know that the Lakers can win it all when Davis serves as their second best player, but having him out for any extended period puts even more pressure on James to succeed in his age-36 season out of Akron, Ohio.

The Lakers are fortunate to have enough time to ride out Davis’ injury and ensuing recovery.