As Game 1 of their first round matchup began in Memphis on Sunday afternoon, the Lakers leaned heavily on Anthony Davis in the early going. Davis had 10 points, six rebounds, five blocks, and two assists in his first 18 minutes of action, dominating the paint on both ends in the first half.
Unfortunately, late in the second quarter Davis suffered a right shoulder injury in a battle for a rebound with Jaren Jackson Jr.. After Jackson knocked the ball away from Davis and out of bounds, the All-Star center came up holding his arm and appeared to tell the Lakers bench “I can’t move my arm.”
“I can’t move my arm.”
Anthony Davis has left the game and is heading to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/gJ6wtEybXd
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) April 16, 2023
Anthony Davis appeared to say “I can’t move my arm” before heading to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/GebfM5S1dv
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 16, 2023
Davis would get worked on briefly on the bench before being taken back to the locker room for further work and evaluation from the Lakers trainers, with reporters in the arena noting he didn’t move his arm at all while he was on the court and walking back into the tunnel.
Given Davis’ injury history and importance to the Lakers having any chance at a deep playoff run, there is considerable concern for the Lakers and their fans seeing him go down this early in the series. He has had right shoulder issues in the past, and the hope will be this was just a stinger and is something he can return from fairly quickly and without causing him any extended discomfort as this series moves forward.
UPDATE: The initial diagnosis is a stinger, per Adrian Wojnarowski, but they’re going to continue testing him during halftime.
Lakers star Anthony Davis is believed to have sustained a stinger on his right arm, but is still undergoing testing, source tells ESPN. He hurt shoulder late in second quarter of Game 1 vs. Memphis.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2023
Davis was available to return to the game, per the team, and was on the court for warmups with the team after the half, which is very good news for L.A..
Lakers star Anthony Davis is available to return for Game 2 vs. Grizzlies.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 16, 2023
Anthony Davis is out of the locker room and headed for on-court warmups.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 16, 2023
It’ll be worth monitoring if the same level of aggression is there for Davis after such a dominant first half, but given he was the lone Lakers starter with a positive +/- in the first half, having him back certainly raises their chances to come back from six down at the half.