Will Lakers star Anthony Davis be available for Game 6 against the Suns? That's the big question for Los Angeles, which heads into Thursday night's contest needing a win to avoid elimination.
Davis was ruled out of Game 5 because of a left groin strain that he suffered earlier in the first-round series. The Suns dominated the Davis-less Lakers, cruising to a 115-85 win and capturing a 3-2 lead. Davis may not have been able to change that outcome, but his absence was certainly felt.
Here are the latest updates on Davis ahead of Game 6.
Will Anthony Davis play vs. Suns?
UPDATE: It's official. Davis will play in Game 6.
The Lakers are starting Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol tonight in Game 6 against Phoenix: pic.twitter.com/83GepO2Ink— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 4, 2021
ORIGINAL: During his pregame media availability, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis was still a game-time decision, as he had not yet been cleared by the team's medical staff. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes later reported about an hour before tipoff that Davis had been cleared to play.
In addition to Davis' return as the starting power forward, the Lakers have reportedly made a change at center. Los Angeles will be pairing Davis with Marc Gasol in the frontcourt, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jovan Buha.
The Lakers are planning to move Marc Gasol into the starting lineup in place of Andre Drummond, sources tell me and @jovanbuha.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 4, 2021
Davis is averaging 21.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks through four playoff games. Gasol, who has not been part of the Lakers' starting lineup since an April 15 game against the Celtics, has logged just 17.5 minutes per game in the series.
Lakers vs. Suns Game 6 injury report
(Current as of 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday)
|Lakers||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Questionable||Left knee; contusion|
|Lakers||Anthony Davis||Questionable||Left groin; strain|
|Suns||Ty-Shon Alexander||Out||Non-COVID; illness|
|Suns||Abdel Nader||Out||Right knee; arthroscopy|
|Suns||Chris Paul||Probable||Right shoulder; contusion|