Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers could miss the start of the 2019-20 NBA regular season. The 26-year-old big man injured his right thumb in their preseason matchup with the Brooklyn Nets in china Saturday. The good news is that there is no ligament damage, although the Lakers are expected to take a cautious approach.
According to Sham Charania of The Athletic, Davis does not have ligament damage on his thumb. The injury is considered a Grade 1 sprain after swatting at the ball in the first quarter. Regardless, the six-time All-Star will undergo MRI tests on Sunday. The Nets swept the Lakers in the two-matchups in China, the Associated Press (via ABS-CBN) reported.
Initial exams on Lakers star Anthony Davis’ right thumb showed no ligament damage, believed to be a Grade 1 sprain, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Davis will undergo an MRI on Sunday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2019
Depending on the findings, there is no concern about whether Davis will be ready when the Lakers open the regular season. They officially open the 2019-20 wars against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 22 at the Staples Center. The game will be aired via TNT with tip-off at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
There is a chance that Davis could be forced to sit out the opener or play limited minutes. This depends on the recommendation of team physicians after MRI tests are done. Should the former top pick sit it out, first-year head coach Frank Vogel will need to adjust. He could opt for a three-guard lineup or a supersized frontcourt featuring JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard.
Though minor, it would be a sad note to see Davis missing his first regular season game with the Lakers. Injuries have slowed down Davis in his career. But when Healthy, he is undeniably one of the best big men in the league. There is a chance he could force himself into action against the Clippers. Like the Lakers, the Clips are touted as one of this year’s favorites to win it all.
The Lakers and Clippers are the teams to watch in the Western Conference this season. For the Clips, the entry of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George make them a dangerous team to reckon with.
However, the Clippers may not be complete as well on NBA opening night. George remains questionable as he continues to recuperate from a shoulder injury, USA Today reported. If so, this means the real firepower of both Los Angeles teams may not be in display on opening day.