Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis missed 36 regular-season games, primarily due to an Achilles’ injury he suffered back on February 6. The Lakers ended up going 19-17 in the 36 game Davis was sidelined. They were 23-13 in games that Davis suited up in.
Why is this relevant? Unibrow suffered a groin strain in the first half of Los Angeles’ Game 4 loss to the Phoenix Suns in their first-round NBA Playoff series Sunday afternoon. He did not rejoin the Lakers to start the third quarter and was almost immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The end result was an 100-92 Suns win with the series being tied at two heading into an all-important Game 5 Tuesday evening in Phoenix. The Suns outscored Los Angeles 27-15 in the third quarter without Anthony Davis in the mix — pretty much putting this one away in the process.
We have absolutely no idea how serious the injury might be. Davis will undergo further evaluation. More information will come. But we do know that groin injuries, no matter the severity, do have a way of lingering. It’s in this that the Western Conference title race is now completely up in the air. Here’s why.
Anthony Davis looked to be 100% prior to most-recent injury
Davis averaged 27.0 points and 9.3 rebound through the first three games of the series. That included consecutive 34-point performances after struggling in Game 1.
Remember, the eight-time All-Star had struggled to an extent toward the end of the regular season after returning from the aforementioned injury. He averaged 20.6 points and 7.2 rebounds on 42% shooting in 13 games. These are not terrible numbers. But they are in no way comparable to the AD we saw in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat to close out last season.