The Los Angeles Lakers are officially ruling Anthony Davis and LeBron James out for Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Davis is dealing with a foot injury, while James continues to nurse an ankle issue. Both players have been able to suit up in recent games as long as there isn’t a back-to-back set, so this is a bit of a surprise.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are out for tomorrow’s game in BKN, per the Lakers pic.twitter.com/Zp90N6dmEi— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 29, 2023
There’s a possibility the NBA could’ve suspended both players, James in particular, for arguing vehemently with the officials about a missed foul call at the end of the Celtics game Saturday. Patrick Beverley received a technical foul for bringing a camera onto the court to show an official the foul. The league ultimately did say the officials missed the call on James, but this could be a way for the Lakers to avoid a formal suspension of their stars.
Russell Westbrook and Thomas Bryant will take on bigger roles with Davis and James out.