Short-handed Lakers lose Anthony Davis to ankle injury

Dallas Mavericks' Reggie Bullock, left, and Dwight Powell (7) defend as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) attempts to make a pass in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MINNEAPOLIS – Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis departed the game at Minnesota on Friday night after injuring his right ankle in the first quarter.

Davis landed on the leg of Timberwolves center Naz Reid and fell to the floor in obvious pain, clutching his right ankle. Davis was able to walk gingerly off on his own into the locker room for further examination. He had six points in 11 minutes before getting hurt.

The Lakers were already short-handed with major COVID-19 issues. They had six players in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and Trevor Ariza also remained unavailable due to injury.

Davis missed two games last week with left knee soreness. He returned on Wednesday at Dallas with 20 points and 12 rebounds.


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