With 2:39 left in the second quarter, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis reaggravated his right Achilles injury after being fouled by Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic on a drive to the basket.
Davis grimaced in pain as he made both free throws, then Lakers guard Wesley Matthews had to take a foul in order to get their teammate out of the game. Davis gingerly limped to the locker room for further evaluation.
The Lakers officially called the injury a right Achilles strain and said Davis would receiver an MRI on Monday when the teams flies to Minneapolis for Tuesday game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kyle Kuzma started the second half in place of Davis for the Lakers.
After the game, Davis said he iced the injury and put heel lifts in his shoes to take stress off the Achilles tendon. Davis said he did not feel like he rushed back to get on the floor, and that his Achilles tendon felt fine after playing against Memphis last week.
“You kind of learn more from the MRI, so I’m kind of just waiting on that,” Davis said about the injury moving forward. “You learn more from that film, so I’m kind of just waiting on that to see. Obviously, the doctors don’t want to rule something and then it’s something else or say it’s something and then it’s not. They say everything is good, but you still want to get an MRI just to make sure.”
Davis missed both homes games against the Oklahoma City Thunder last week with the official designation of right Achilles tendonosis. He was listed as questionable for last Friday’s contest against Memphis but played, finishing with a game-high 35 points.
Davis said he felt soreness in the injured area walking, running and jumping as far back as two weeks ago.
Davis has missed five games this season for various nagging injuries -- including the last two due to the Achilles tendon issue. The Lakers are 4-1 without the power forward’s services so far this year.
Davis said he had an ultrasound performed on the injured tendon that showed nothing serious regarding the injury.
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with my whole career, having the injury bug,” Davis said. “I kind of overcome it last year, even my last couple years in New Orleans, just playing through injuries and knowing what my body can take, knowing what it can handle.
“Something minor, I’ll got out there and play. I’ll even felt like I was fine to go out there and play the other day against Memphis with the same injury. But this injury is a little different because it is the Achilles, and you definitely want to make sure it doesn’t lead to anything worse.”