Jamal Murray of Denver Nuggets involved in accident

Anthony Davis Wanted To Be Out There For Lakers But Was Limited By Shoulder Injury In Game 5 Against Nuggets

In Game 5, the Los Angeles Lakers’ season came to an agonizing conclusion against the Denver Nuggets, as Jamal Murray once again produced a game-winning shot.

The Lakers had an early lead and were in command by double digits in the third quarter, so the game played out similarly to the first four.

Following Anthony Davis’s clearly pain-filled tumble after Michael Porter Jr. gave him a shove to the shoulder, Los Angeles had some unfortunate timing. For the first two and a half quarters of the game, Davis was a dominant force inside, and the Nuggets looked to be out of their league for the remainder of the series.

While he was able to stay in the game at first, Davis was not able to move his left arm much, clearly playing compromised. He eventually went back to the locker room to get the shoulder worked on and although he returned, it was more of the same due to his limited mobility.

After the loss, Davis detailed what happened and just how limited he was on the floor.

“I guess it was like a little stinger. I just lost function, lost feeling from like my neck all the way to my hand,” Davis said. Then I got back in the game and I get hit again by KCP, just made it a little worse. But obviously knowing the importance of the game, I just tried to get some feeling and stuff back in my hand in the back with my trainer and then just tried to come back out there and just help the team get the win.”

Davis had one of the healthiest seasons of his career, playing 83 of the Lakers’ 88 total games. He was also having a monster series coming into Game 5 averaging around 30 points and 15 rebounds, being arguably the best player on the floor for both teams.

With that being the case, Davis was understandably frustrated to hurt his shoulder like that with the season on the line.

“It’s tough. It’s frustrating,” he admitted. “We put ourselves in a position to win every game in this series. Didn’t pull out some wins that we felt like we should’ve, but tonight especially in the situation where I get hit in the shoulder. It’s just tough. Obviously I was in a rhythm offensively, but it’s an important game. You want to be out there and I was just very limited with the shoulder, but still tried to go out there and just leave it on the floor for my team.

“But it’s definitely frustrating, just kind of been our thing all year. C-Wood, Vando, Gabe, we’re not making any excuses or anything like that, Denver is a hell of a team. The defending champs. It’s just tough going out like that.”

Given the kind of player and person Davis has exhibited throughout his career, it is not unexpected that he wants to play for his team, especially in situations where his integrity is compromised. It is comparable to the Lakers’ 2021 first-round elimination by the Phoenix Suns when Davis attempted to play after sustaining a major groin injury earlier in the series.

It is even more tragic and awful that this accident occurred at this time because he is driven to fight and win at all costs.

LeBron James thinks Anthony Davis, a star player for the Lakers, has nothing more to show.
LeBron James, who plays with Anthony Davis, feels he has nothing more to prove to anyone after watching how amazing Davis was throughout this Nuggets series, even in loss.

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