The Los Angeles Lakers will get no sympathy from the Phoenix Suns or any of the remaining playoff teams after they lost star forward Anthony Davis to a groin injury during a 100-92 loss Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.
The Suns, after all, have been playing this first-round Western Conference playoff series with a very limited version of Chris Paul (shoulder).
And the Lakers, of course, still have LeBron James -- a 36-year-old still working his way back from an ankle injury that cost him more than a third of the season version of LeBron James.
But still, a LeBron James who has never lost in the first round of the playoffs.
"When I competed against the Miami Heat, and either [Dwyane] Wade or [Chris] Bosh was out, that meant more touches for Bron," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "And that wasn't always a good thing for my Pacers teams."
That version of James was in his late 20s, however. And he wasn't coming off a serious ankle injury. The mid-30s version of James has thus far held off or counteracted the effects of age to remain one of the most dominant players in the NBA.