NBA Finals 2020: Anthony Davis injury derails Los Angeles Lakers as Game 6 looms

Anthony Davis aggravated a right heel contusion in the opening quarter of his team’s 111-108 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night and Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel prefers to take a wait-and-see approach regarding the star forward’s availability for Game 6.

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“Yeah, he is just battling through the heel,” Vogel said. “He was struggling to move a little bit but toughed it out. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Davis, meanwhile, stressed “I’ll be fine on Sunday,” when the teams face off again in Game 6 (live on Sky Sports Anena in the early hours of Monday morning, 12:30am) with the Lakers leading the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Davis suffered the injury in the waning moments of the first quarter, when he landed awkwardly on his right foot after going up for a rebound. He immediately limped toward the baseline and crumpled to the ground wincing in pain.

Davis headed back to the bench after Lakers athletic trainers took a look at the injured foot, and the team announced he would be available to return as the forward paced the sidelines trying to regain mobility in the injured area.

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Davis said that Miami’s Andre Iguodala “kind of just stepped on” his right foot and “re-aggravated” it.

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Davis never headed back to the locker room for Lakers athletic trainers to take a closer look. He left the game with 48.4 seconds remaining in the first quarter and re-entered in the second quarter at the 8:30 mark with his team trailing by eight points (38-30).

Despite the early injury, Davis still managed to play a team-high 42 minutes 13 seconds, scoring 28 points on 9-of-15 from the field to go with 12 rebounds.

“He is a warrior, man. Just him being there out there hobbled just brings a lot more confidence to myself and my team,” said LeBron James, who finished with a game-high 40 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

“We know the nicks, bumps and bruises he has played through throughout the whole season.

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“We have got to pick it up for him; pick it up for any one of our brothers if they are not at their full strength.”

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