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Los Angeles Lakers large man Anthony Davis advised reporters that he might be high quality after rolling his left ankle within the fourth quarter of his crew’s 114-108 win in Sport Four of the Western Convention Finals towards the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
“Ankle feels high quality. I bought tonight, tomorrow, earlier than the (subsequent) sport to get it (higher),” Davis mentioned per Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.
He added, per Trudell, that he rolled it “fairly dangerous, however not too dangerous … I’ll be high quality.”
Davis rolled his ankle after making an attempt a mid-range jumper together with his crew up 96-92 and 6:44 left in regulation. He landed on the again of Nuggets ahead Paul Millsap’s proper heel and fell to the bottom in ache.
AD bought off, tried strolling it off and finally stayed within the sport after a timeout. He performed the remainder of the sport and completed with 34 factors in 41 minutes.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN additionally quoted Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, who mentioned “there’s all the time concern” concerning an ankle damage just like the one Davis suffered and that the crew would see how he would reply to remedy earlier than making a declaration on his Sport 5 availability.
Nevertheless, McMenamin famous that he can be stunned if Davis sat after he completed Sport 4.
Sport 5 is scheduled for Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.
Davis dominated for the Lakers on Thursday, dropping 34 factors on 10-of-15 capturing and going 13-of-14 from the free-throw line. He solely grabbed 5 rebounds after snagging two in Sport 3, however AD made an influence on the defensive finish with three steals.
The ex-Kentucky star additionally outplayed the Nuggets’ beginning bigs in Nikola Jokic and Millsap, who mixed for simply 21 factors on 7-of-16 capturing.
Davis seems to be all however sure to go for Sport 5 barring a setback within the subsequent two days. If he is not in a position to go well with up, nonetheless, then that ought to open extra court docket time for forwards Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma.
A Lakers Sport 5 win would ship L.A. to the NBA Finals for the primary time since 2010. The Nuggets have confirmed to be powerful to place away, nonetheless, as they got here again towards the Utah Jazz and L.A. Clippers of their first two playoff sequence after being down 3-1.