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Anthony Davis exits Lakers game with sacral contusion after hard fall

Jack Baer

A game that was already chippy became all the more serious for the Los Angeles Lakers after star forward Anthony Davis took a hard fall after lunging for a block.

Davis awkwardly flew through the air after missing contact with New York Knicks big man Julius Randle and seemed to land directly on his tailbone. He immediately seemed to be in a great deal of pain as Lakers teammates and trainers surrounded him.

Davis could later be seen walking quite gingerly to the Lakers locker room in a silent Staples Center. He was followed by agent Rich Paul, according to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus.

The Lakers soon announced that Davis’ X-rays had come back negative, but he would miss the rest of the game with a sacral contusion. While it was initially believed Davis would miss the team’s next two games, that may no longer be the case. An MRI revealed Davis is only dealing with a back bruise. He will travel with the Lakers on the team’s upcoming road trip, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Even though he’s only missed two games this season, Davis has suffered a number of minor injuries in his first season with the Lakers. The team will certainly hope this fall is another of those.

Davis is currently averaging 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while contributing his usual elite defense. If Davis misses any time, it will be a significant loss for the Lakers.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 07: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers gets injured after taking a hard fall on his tail bone during the third quarter of a game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images,)
The Lakers are holding their breath on Anthony Davis' health. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images,)

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