NBA Twitter was extremely concerned for Anthony Davis’ well-being even before he asked to be subbed out of Game 6.
Groin injuries are no joke, as anyone who’s ever had one will tell you. Unfortunately, Anthony Davis was added to that list in Game 4 when he sustained a groin strain that forced him to miss the second half and all of Game 5.
Typically that kind of injury takes weeks to heal, but AD was surprisingly available to start for the Los Angeles Lakers in their elimination Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns Thursday night. Even in warmups he was moving gingerly, leading many to question how he was going to play a full-speed basketball game against a determined Suns team.
With Davis clearly hobbled, Phoenix attacked him off the dribble repeatedly in the first few minutes, and it didn’t take long for everyone watching to be concerned about his well-being.
NBA Twitter was extremely concerned for Anthony Davis in Game 6
Even before the injury, NBA Twitter knew that the Brow should’ve been nowhere near the court, especially as the Suns picked on him over and over to build up a quick 14-5 lead.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Davis to submit and ask for a substitution after contesting a drive by Devin Booker and coming up lame.
Davis was ruled as questionable to return by the Lakers, but it was pretty clear he needed to sit the rest of Game 6 out, even as Booker and the Suns stormed out to a commanding 36-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Even if the defending champs go down in the first round, it’s just not worth re-aggravating a groin strain by trying to play through it.