Anthony Davis exits Lakers’ loss to Warriors after hit to head

Los Angeles Lakers player Anthony Davis exited Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors after being struck on the side of the head by the Warriors’ Kevon Looney. Davis was evaluated on the Lakers’ bench before being taken to the back of the arena for further medical attention, where he was able to leave the arena without assistance. There was no mention of a concussion from an initial evaluation, but Davis’ official status for Game 6 is unclear.

If Davis is diagnosed with a concussion, he would not be allowed to play until 24 hours after the initial injury, meaning he would miss Game 6 of the series. However, several of Davis’ teammates were optimistic about his ability to play, with guard Austin Reaves saying he believes Davis will play. LeBron James added that the medical team said Davis is doing better, which is what matters most.

The Lakers lost Game 5 to the Warriors 121-106, with Golden State outscoring Los Angeles 25-7 in the second quarter to build their largest lead of the game, up by 18 points. The Lakers will have a chance to finish the series and advance to the Western Conference finals at home, where they are 6-0 so far this postseason. James expressed optimism about their next opportunity, saying their job is to try to be 1-0 on Friday.

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