LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 25 points and had key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute as the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets Monday night. 502 more wordsDavis Scores 25 As Short-Handed Lakers Defeat Nuggets 93-89 — CBS Los Angeles
Even with the returns of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers have a tough balance to finish the regular seasonLakers got their stars back but aren’t out of the woods — Pasadena Star News
The first person to fear the worst was Anthony Davis himself. He was driving against Nikola Jokic during the second quarter of the Lakers’ Feb. 14 game in Denver… 1,088 more wordsAnthony Davis poised to rejoin Lakers’ lineup Thursday in Dallas — Daily News
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was selected Wednesday to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver choose Booker to take Davis’ spot a day after Booker was snubbed by the league’s head coaches for a reserve spot in the March 7 game […]Suns’ Booker replaces Lakers’ Davis in NBA All-Star Game — Island Times
Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Feb. 19 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LeBron James still leans on Anthony Davis. It’s not to make a shot. Or get the block if a driver gets behind him. Or grab…Four storylines to watch as Lakers go without Anthony Davis — Press Telegram
Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and Talen Horton-Tucker contributed 13. LeBron James went 1 of 12 from the field after making his first seven shots.With Davis Out, Lakers Fall To Pistons 107-92 — CBS Los Angeles
For many years, a trip to the playoffs meant at least a few nights in San Antonio for the Lakers. But in the regular season? Two games on the road against the same opponent is something new that Frank Vogel was wary of from the start. After beating an undermanned San Antonio on Wednesday, he…Lakers squeak by Spurs as Anthony Davis scores 34 — Orange County Register
The closing minutes of Wednesday’s preseason game, as Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker helped put the finishing touches on a 112-107 win over the Phoenix Suns, showed that the Lakers don’t always need their superstars. But the first half in which LeBron James and Anthony Davis stretched their legs for the first time was a…LeBron James, Anthony Davis ease into preseason in Lakers’ victory over Suns — San Gabriel Valley Tribune
“I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too. I do have a little history with injuries.”Anthony Davis: Injury history played into decision to sign five-year contract — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The only question is how long a contract he signs with the Lakers.Anthony Davis officially declines $28.7 option, will re-sign with Lakers — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The NBA’s official response regarding Anthony Davis’ shot at Jae Crowder is that there was no further action needed.NBA decides not to discipline Anthony Davis after altercation with Crowder — LeBron Wire
While under normal circumstances, Anthony Davis likely would be suspended for a game, the NBA Finals are not at all a normal circumstance and the NBA has decided to go easy on Davis after his backhand slap of Miami’s Jae Crowder. The Los Angeles Lakers currently lead the Miami Heat 3-2 in the Finals.
Clay Ferraro of Miami’s News 10 got an official response from the NBA regarding the altercation between Davis and Crowder. According to the league, they reviewed the film of the game and decided that no further action was needed on their part, meaning no fines or suspension for Davis.https://widgets.thescore.com/embeds/d7e692d6-7228-4e21-b791-9d65f701db1c/57CA76541E2D01E6AE9F67156D818BAC
Official response from the NBA on this shot to the face of @CJC9BOSS from Davis: “We review every play in the games from all angles and there was nothing further to do with this.” https://t.co/7cCMt9dYsZ
— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) October 10, 2020
Now, the only problem for Davis is making sure his calf is feeling better going into Sunday’s Game 6. While Davis still had an incredible statistical game, Miami’s Jimmy Butler appeared to have a little bit of an easier time scoring when guarded by Davis. While LeBron had one of the best games of his playoff career in Game 5, the Lakers will need more from Davis and everyone else to closeout a gritty Heat squad.
He did. At least for now.Did Anthony Davis hit Jae Crowder’s in the face and get away with it? — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Did Anthony Davis hit Jae Crowder’s in the face and get away with it?
When the NBA’s Last Two Minute report came out on Game 5, it backed the referees who called fouls on the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Markieff Morris, both of which sent Jimmy Butler to the line in crunch time. (The report did point out a LeBron James foul that was not called, and an Andre Iguodala three seconds that was missed.)
What it did not touch on, because it was not in the last two minutes, was when Anthony Davis hit Jae Crowder‘s face. It happened early in the third quarter when Davis and Crowder got tangled and went to the ground together.
Here is a better look at Anthony Davis hitting Jae Crowder in the face, and shown in comparison to Draymond’s suspension-worthy crotch punch in 2016: pic.twitter.com/lYScUROVEY
— Playoff Parakeet A. Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) October 10, 2020
That’s a flagrant foul. Easy call.
It is possible the NBA comes in and gives Davis a retroactive Flagrant Foul call on the play — the league does that semi-regularly — but a suspension seems highly unlikely (despite what Heat fans are calling for). Comparing it to Draymond Green in 2016 is hard because Green has already gotten enough technicals in the playoffs that he was at risk of suspension (seven points led to the suspension). There was a pattern. That was not the case with Davis.