UPDATE: Jan. 15, 4:53 p.m. — Davis has been diagnosed with a calf strain and will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday evening. Davis was forced to leave Sunday’s loss to the Nuggets in the first half after seemingly aggravating his Achilles injury. Now we’re finding out it’s a calf injury, which can’t be great. Davis’ lower body isn’t in great shape and now he’s expected to miss at least two weeks.
Los Angeles Lakers PF Anthony Davis was forced to leave Sunday’s game vs. the Denver Nuggets after aggravating his Achilles injury. Davis left to the locker room and was later ruled out with the Lakers trailing in the second half. The team then announced that Davis was diagnosed with an Achilles strain and will go for an MRI on Monday.
Davis had been back for two games after missing two games because of Achilles tendonosis. It’s safe to say the Lakers won’t be rushing Davis back onto the court after Sunday night. LeBron James has been able to carry the team anyway during a seven-game winning streak, which will likely end to the Nuggets on Sunday. James will likely finish with a triple-double in a losing effort unless L.A. can make a comeback in the fourth.
Kyle Kuzma ended up starting the second half in place of Davis. If AD is going to miss more games (which feels safe to say), then Kuzma could end up stepping up and starting. He enters the fourth with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Kuzma isn’t a bad waiver wire option in shallow fantasy basketball season-long formats. We could also see more minutes for Markieff Morris and Talen Horton-Tucker given the Lakers lack depth behind LeBron and Montrezl Harrell in the front court.