The Los Angeles Lakers are about to tip off versus the Phoenix Suns in Las Vegas, Nevada, for their second preseason game, but they will be without one of their best players.
Superstar big man Anthony Davis will not be in the lineup tonight due to what is being called lower back tightness. The team says this is a precautionary move. It doesn’t want to take any chances with him so early in the year.
Davis has been criticized for being injury-prone, and many fans think he is a malingerer who will find any excuse to miss games, although there is proof the latter simply isn’t true.
In L.A.’s preseason debut on Monday night, he had 11 rebounds in just 16 minutes.
Update: Anthony Davis won’t play tonight due to the low back tightness that had him on the injury report prior to the first preseason game. Team says it’s precautionary; they don’t want to push it for a preseason game.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 6, 2022
In addition, head coach Darvin Ham will be going with a somewhat different starting lineup.
Darvin Ham says he’s changes his starters tonight: Kendrick Nunn and Damian Jones to the bench; Patrick Beverley and Austin Reaves to the first unit. He said he wants to take a look at the small-ball group.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 6, 2022
The Lakers also play Thursday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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