The Los Angeles Lakers’ seven-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 122-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets. A big part of the Lakers’ defeat was the absence of All-Star center Anthony Davis, who was forced to exit the game in the first half due to an injury.
Davis was listed as questionable before the Nuggets game after feeling discomfort in his right leg and missing two games last week. Despite this, he ended up being featured in the starting lineup and played really well before a foul from Denver’s Nikola Jokic sent him to the locker room.
Jokic had tried to stop a Davis drive towards the basket and ended up hitting him in the quad with his knee. This caused the Lakers’ superstar to start limping, and he was forced to leave the contest after taking a pair of free-throws.
Before his exit, Davis had 15 points and four rebounds in just 14 minutes of play.
The Lakers confirmed after the game that Davis is set for an MRI, which should show the extent of the injury and give the team a better outlook on the player’s potential absence.
Davis, who is averaging 22.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season so far, is hoping for good news and believes this could be just a minor setback.
“I don’t want to go out there and try to play and risk it for the long term,” said Davis. “So, all that is inclusive of what the MRI shows tomorrow. Knock on wood, it’s great information—and I’ll be out there sooner than later.”