Anthony Davis to miss Houston Rockets after leading Lakers to victory

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Anthony Davis is set to miss games against the Houston Rockets after he help the Lakers secure a win against New Orleans Pelicans.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham has stated that Anthony Davis will be out for Wednesday game after he led his side to an important win against the Pelicans.

Davis was reevaluated by Lakers medical personnel about two weeks ago after sitting out the second night of a back-to-back against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

His right foot, which caused him to miss 20 games earlier in the season because of a stress reaction and a bone spur that fractured off the navicular bone, did not show significant healing.

The doctors stuck to the same recommendation not to put Davis at risk of a setback from overexposure by participating in back-to-back games.

“He’s not going to play,” Ham said after Davis put up 35 points and 17 rebounds against his former team. “He hasn’t been cleared. Even though he’s been playing pain-free, we made an organizational decision, starting with our team doctors, to hold him out of back-to-backs.”

“It’s just one of those things where even though he’s playing pain-free, it’s still an active injury,” Ham said. “So we have to monitor it and stick to the plan, as we always have done. And just go out there with our other guys and try to get a W and finish the trip the right way.”

With the Lakers up 75-40 at the half Tuesday, Ham said he considered resting Davis to try to save him for Wednesday, but he ended up needing to play Davis 17 minutes in the second half as New Orleans cut the cushion all the way down to 13 in the fourth quarter.

“It definitely was a thought, but obviously, that’s a hell of a ballclub over there that has a lot of pride and they made their push,” Ham said. “So having to reinsert him into the game kind of nixed any delusions of grandeur.”

 

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