Anthony Davis Sprains Thumb in Pre-Season Game

Lakers-Nets game in China ends with injury for the star

Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis of Los Angeles Lakers drives the ball during NBA China Games 2019 between Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.
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Anthony Davis’s pre-season came to an abrupt end in the first half of a Lakers-Nets game in Shenzhen, China. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin writes that Davis’s injury came when he tried to take possession of a ball; at the time, he was playing center in a lineup alongside Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Danny Green and Avery Bradley. 

McMenamin reports that Davis had tried to keep the injury managed, but it proved to be more severe than initially thought: 

Davis initially stayed in the game, getting the thumb taped during a break in the action, but then retreated to the locker room between the first and second quarters, and an ice pack was taped to his right hand.

All told, Davis scored 6 points in the game, with James assisting on his two baskets. 

The game in Shenzhen was the Lakers’ last one in China. Their preseason is set to continue on Monday, when they’ll face off against the Golden State Warriors. It was also their second preseason game in China against the Nets; previously, they’d played them in Shanghai. Coverage of both games was affected by the ongoing conflict between the league and the Chinese government, which is still ongoing at this time. 

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