Lakers’ Anthony Davis is questionable to face Pacers on Tuesday (sprained ankle)

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat might be most at risk is a staggering run of away game success: The Lakers have won 14 consecutive games on the road, a stretch that is tied for third in NBA history, according to Basketball Reference. The record-holders are the 1971-72 Lakers, who won 16 straight on the road.ESPN reported Monday morning that Davis was “trying” to prepare to play on Tuesday. On Sunday night, Coach Frank Vogel said he made the decision to let Davis finish that game based on what Davis told him he was feeling.“You make a common-sense read,” Vogel said. “It’s pretty obvious if a guy can’t be out there. He was limping a little bit but didn’t show any signs like he needed to come out. Once the action was in play, he was moving fine. You just trust your guys.”Of Davis’ 27-point, 13-rebound and two-block stat line, he had two points, two rebounds and a block after the 4:14 mark, when he turned his ankle on a shot attempt and was fouled. He missed three field-goal attempts in that span.Missing Davis, who has been thrust forward as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, would hurt against an Indiana team featuring Myles Turner and Domantis Sabonis. But in the big game circled on Thursday, pitting the Lakers against Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee, Davis’ absence would be felt much more against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak is averaging a career-best 31 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, and the Bucks had a 17-game winning streak going into Monday’s games. The Lakers have played just one game without Davis, a win over Golden State, but started Kyle Kuzma, who is also missing time with a sprained ankle. The Lakers said he would miss his fourth straight game on Tuesday night.“He’s literally just taking it day to day,” Vogel said of Kuzma ahead of the Atlanta game. “But we’re willing to take a long-term approach to make sure it’s behind him.”If the Lakers don’t elect to go small, they might probe deep into their bench, giving more time to Jared Dudley as well as two-way players Kostas Antetokounmpo (Giannis’ brother) or Devontae Cacok.LeBRON EARNS WEEKLY HONORIn his first 15 seasons, LeBron James was Eastern Conference Player of the Week an NBA-record 61 times. It took him more than a year-and-half to get his first one in the West.After the Lakers went 3-0 last week on the road, James got conference honors, 28.3 points, 11 rebounds and 9.7 assists – just shy of a weeklong triple-double average. That slate included a triple-double in Orlando, a close shave win over the previously perfect-at-home Miami Heat, and a highlight-studded contest in Atlanta.In the midst of it all, James took a plane to Columbus, Ohio, to watch his oldest son score 15 points for Sierra Canyon High in a win over his alma mater, which James called “one of the greatest moments of my life so far.”James has been topped twice by Davis, his frontcourt teammate, for weekly honors this season. The Lakers have received three of the eight weekly conference player of the week awards so far. James seemed particularly touched by some spirit in the win over the Hawks, where his between-the-legs assist made a Lakers-friendly crowd gasp in surprise.“That’s just my approach and my joyfulness,” he said. “Highlights, sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t. But just playing the game with a lot of joy, a lot of fun, a lot of intensity. Trying to do whatever it takes to help my team win and I was happy I was able to make a few plays tonight to help us do that.” INDIANAPOLIS — After spraining his right ankle in Atlanta on Sunday night, Anthony Davis said he tried to grin and bear it. Despite noticeably limping for the last four minutes, he put a brave face on afterward.“Tweaked it a little bit, but just tried to play the rest of the game off adrenaline and then attend to it after the game,” he said. “A little sore, but got a couple days to get it right before Indiana.”Indiana has come calling, and now the Lakers aren’t sure if Davis, their leading scorer, will play on Tuesday night.For the Lakers (24-3), who possess a 4-1/2-game lead in the Western Conference standings, no game at the moment is make-or-break. But the Lakers would feel a little short-handed without Davis going against the Pacers (18-9), who are 11-3 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse so far this season. Averaging 27.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots, Davis has been one of the essential pieces of the Lakers’ fast start.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img


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