Shams Charania: MRI results on Lakers star Anthony Davis’ lower back injury returned clean and he plans to travel with team on two-game road trip (Dallas, OKC), league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: After scary fall Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Davis underwent MRI that showed lower back injury is a bruise, league sources said. Positive news for Davis and the Lakers.
Mark Medina: Lakers say that the MRI for Anthony Davis revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis will travel for Lakers' upcoming two-day trip in Dallas & OKC. Lakers listing Davis as questionable for Mavs game on Friday.
Chris Haynes: Anthony Davis was escorted out of the arena laying on the bed of a motor carrier. “I’m fine,” he told Yahoo Sports while acknowledging he’ll miss some time.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Anthony Davis: While there have been exceptions, the average missed time for an in-season tailbone contusion is roughly two games. A true fracture would require additional time. Hoping AD is back in action soon.
Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New York Knicks in the third quarter Tuesday night after he bruised his lower back in a painful fall to the court. Davis was injured when he fell awkwardly while trying to block the shot of New York's Julius Randle. Davis pounded the court in obvious pain after his hard landing, and he stayed down for about two minutes in a hushed Staples Center. Davis eventually rose with help from his teammates, and he walked to the Lakers' dressing room slowly, but under his own power.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, emerged from the Lakers' locker room after the injury and said X-rays on Davis' back were negative, but the superstar is feeling sore. The Lakers described the injury as a bruised sacrum -- the lower part of the spine near the tailbone. Davis was able to walk in the player tunnel at Staples Center as the initial shock of the fall wore off, a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The plan is for Davis to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss the upcoming road trip in Dallas & Oklahoma City to rehab.
Dave McMenamin: When talking about the Lakers' needed next-man-up mentality in Anthony Davis' potential absence, Alex Caruso referenced this scene from 'Remember the Titans.' Look at AC Fresh, already helping Frank Vogel find motivating clips for the next film session: youtube.com/watch?v=Tlccav…
Mike Bresnahan: Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs. Dallas because of soreness in his right shoulder. LeBron James (sore groin) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained ankle) are listed as probable for the game.
Brett Dawson: LeBron James has a groin contusion and is questionable for tomorrow but will make the trip to Portland. Anthony Davis (sore right knee) is probable.
Mike Trudell: Vogel, asked about AD laboring in the second half presumably with his knee, said AD “tweaked it” but that he “felt good enough to go back in the game.” We’ll see what Davis says at his locker in a bit.
Kyle Goon: AD on his knee tweak: "Plenty of time to get it back right. Obviously the game just ended so we’ve got to see how it feels overnight. But hopefully nothing significant happens, we’ll get some treatment on it and continue to move forward."
Ryan Ward: Kyle Kuzma (ankle sprain) has been ruled OUT for #Lakers vs. #Pacers. Anthony Davis is QUESTIONABLE (ankle sprain) pic.twitter.com/mHpKQOxIcB
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis, who turned his right ankle late in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, is “trying to play” in Tuesday’s game in IND, a league source tells ESPN. He’s approaching his treatment with the goal of being in the lineup as the Lakers try for their 15th straight road win.
Mark Medina: Lakers technically listing Anthony Davis as probable for tonight vs Spurs. But AD expects he will play
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis went through shootaround today and says he's going to shootaround pregame and decide if he'll play then (Vogel is optimistic he will). AD said right now the ribs are bothering him more than the shoulder, but that both are still lingering.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel not concerned about opponents being more physical on Anthony Davis given his injuries. Vogel optimistic that AD will play on Friday vs Kings
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel said x-rays on Anthony Davis’ ribs turned out negative. But AD sitting out tonight with soreness with his shoulder and rib
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Brad Turner: After getting X-rays on his ribs (right side) after game Tuesday night that were negative, all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game vs. Warriors at Staples Center, per source. Davis also been dealing with right shoulder issues.
Bill Oram: Anthony Davis on his lingering shoulder issue: "There’s really never a play I don’t feel it. But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care of it after the game."
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis jammed his shoulder late in Sunday’s win over CHA, getting caught on the rim during a failed dunk attempt. A league source told ESPN that Davis experienced tightness in the days that followed but was cleared by the Lakers medical staff to play.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis on his shoulder (via @SpectrumSN) “I’m fine. Obviously it’s still a little sore, it go hit a couple times tonight, but we’ve got a couple days before we play again, so hopefully it feels a lot better."
Mark Medina: Anthony Davis with some range. FWIW, he has kinesio tape on his right shoulder pic.twitter.com/4CfIkEsFIw
Reporter: “How’s the shoulder? Any concerns?” @AntDavis23 : “My Shoulder? What’s wrong w/ my shoulder?...Oh no, there’s nothing wrong with my shoulder.”
A day after the MRI on Anthony Davis’ thumb came back showing nothing further than the original diagnosis of a sprain, the All-Star practiced in full on Tuesday and said he hopes to make his Staples Center debut on Wednesday evening. “I kinda knew (it wasn’t serious),” said Davis. “I knew it was just a jam … it felt fine at practice today.”
Davis said the thumb got hit a few times at practice today, but that’s what he wanted, in order to tough it out. The plan is to see how he feels tomorrow prior to the game, and if it continues to feel good, he’ll play. Head coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t see any limitations for Davis in practice, but will wait until Wednesday afternoon to determine if he’ll play against the Warriors. “We’re going to be safe and see how he feels tomorrow,” said Vogel.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers announce that Anthony Davis is considered day-to-day with his sprained right thumb. The season opener vs. LAC is in 8 days.
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI on right thumb of Anthony Davis returned clean today, league source tells ESPN.
Anthony Davis sprained his right thumb in the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday and will not return, according to the team. Davis suffered the injury swatting at the ball midway through the first quarter. He started at center as the Lakers employed a small-ball lineup while surrounding him with LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Danny Green.
Bill Oram: Lakers say Anthony Davis will undergo diagnostic testing on his right thumb upon the team's return to Los Angeles.
Tania Ganguli: Anthony Davis will have diagnostic tests for his sprained right thumb upon his return to Los Angeles. There is no x-Ray machine at the Shenzhen arena.
In two preseason games, Davis was averaging 19 points on 50 percent shooting, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a block in 22 minutes per game. The Lakers will fly back to the United States after Saturday's game. Their next preseason game is Monday against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.
Will Guillory: Anthony Davis will not play tonight vs. Warriors, per Alvin Gentry. That's all, folks.
Jim Eichenhofer: Some #Pelicans injury updates: Miller likely out for season; Jackson status is TBD, hopeful he can clear concussion protocol soon enough to play again this season; Moore probably out for season. Anthony Davis (back) likely to be a game-time decision Sunday vs. Lakers
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton has been added to the injury report with a right wrist contusion. He's questionable. Anthony Davis is also listed as probable with lower back spasms. pic.twitter.com/sl1W6TqLL0
Will Guillory: The Pelicans listed Anthony Davis and E'Twaun Moore as out for tonight's game in Denver. pic.twitter.com/BC6KATSTRh
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Ramona Shelburne: As @Adrian Wojnarowski noted, Pels owner was livid at the scene last night. According to a source, it was communicated to Demps that AD and Rich Paul left to get an MRI on his shoulder, but that message was not relayed to head coach Alvin Gentry. He found out from a reporter’s Q
Ramona Shelburne: Later that night, AD texted Gentry to explain that he’d left to get an MRI on the shoulder, according to a source.
Sam Amick: After an MRI tonight, Anthony Davis’ left shoulder that forced him to leave the game against OKC has been deemed a muscle contusion, source tells @TheAthleticNBA. Unclear as yet if he’ll miss the All-Star game. Depends on how he feels in the coming days.
Tim MacMahon: Alvin Gentry mentioned Anthony Davis left the building after injuring his shoulder. Asked if that bothered him, he said: “I’m going to talk about the guys who played the game. They did a great job. We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”
Despite Anthony Davis being listed as questionable headed into Wednesday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said the team plans to sit the five-time All-Star center until after Thursday's trade deadline. "He is [available], but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said. "I think everybody can understand that."
"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the backburner, and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up [after Davis is traded], at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be. It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."
Shams Charania: Sources: Anthony Davis has been medically cleared to play from his left index finger fracture, but the New Orleans Pelicans do not intend to play him before Thursday's trade deadline. Davis is expected to be inactive against the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Shams Charania: The Pelicans will re-evaluate their position on sitting Davis if and when the deadline passes with no deal, league sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pelicans listing Anthony Davis as questionable for Wednesday's game with Chicago.
Oleh Kosel: When Alvin Gentry was prodded further for an answer on when/if we'll see Anthony Davis in a game on behalf of the New Orleans Pelicans, he stated, "I don’t make those decisions. I was told that he’s cleared to practice. That's what I know."
Erik Horne: Pelicans coming into Oklahoma City battling injuries. No Anthony Davis (left index finger sprain), Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain), E'Twaun Moore (rest), or Julius Randle (right ankle sprain). Randle, who's killed the Thunder this season, was ruled out just minutes ago.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony Davis suffered a volar plate avulsion fracture on his left index finger, and Paul says that Davis will be “re-evaluated every 48 to 72 hours,” following Friday. “It’s more of an injury of pain tolerance. They need to see the swelling go down and the range of motion increase."
New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Update: Anthony Davis sustained a left index finger sprain in last night’s game. Davis is expected to be out approximately 1-2 weeks #Pelicans
Jennifer Hale: The @PelicansNBA Anthony Davis tried hard to play tonight: he was at shoot around, came to the arena tonight, his family is here. This stomach bug, which has affected other teams members too, made it impossible to get on the court tonight. #MINvsNOP
May 22, 2022 | 5:43 pm EDT Update
Since these bench decorum issues generally have been resolved after the league intervenes, technical fouls have not been used a deterrent, and the league does not plan to start issuing techs during the conference finals. However, the topic will be discussed in the offseason, and the league will explore ways to address bench decorum during games in real time, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The final item – distracting opponents in an unsportsmanlike manner during game action – came into play in Game 2 when Steph Curry, with the Warriors wearing white uniforms, threw the ball to Theo Pinson, who was not in uniform but wearing a white sweater with his left arm raised. Curry clearly thought it was a Warriors teammate. That play in particular riled league officials.
“Stay level-headed,” Grant Williams said when asked how the Celtics have managed to survive the peaks and valleys of the playoffs so far. “At the end of the day, no matter what happens, whether it’s a big win or big loss, you have to play it the right way. We can’t let it carry over. It’s 2-1 right now and we play in front of our Garden fans and can make it 2-2. “It’s one of those things where we still control our destiny. We have to come out there and not only be a little more physically dominant and be more conscious of what we are trying to accomplish. Just like a regular season, there’s going to be peaks and valleys, you are going to have success and times you are not playing well, but the best teams stick together through thick and thin and they do their best job understanding the same thing can’t beat you twice.”
“It was brutal,” Green said of not being in the playoffs the previous two seasons. “We’ve been dying to get back to this space. “And we didn’t leave the space because we just got too old to do it … [or] because all of us went our separate ways. … Yeah, Toronto beat us, but no one has really come and said, ‘All right, the Golden State Warriors’ time is up.'”
Mark Followill: The Mavs are trying to equal their longest single-season home playoff win streak tonight in Game 3 of the West Finals. They’ve won 5 straight (2 vs Utah & 3 vs Phoenix). Their best was 6, the first 6 of the 2011 run (3 vs POR, 2 vs LAL, 1 vs OKC).