Anthony Davis injury: Lakers star questionable with groin strain for Game 5 vs. Suns

LOS ANGELES – If Anthony Davis had his way, he would play when the Los Angeles Lakers play the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Game 5 of their first-round series. But the Lakers have listed him as questionable after an MRI taken on Monday confirmed that he has a strained left groin.

“These guys are great competitors. They’re always going to say, ‘I’m ignoring this; I’m going to be in there,’” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said following Monday’s practice. “That’s what his mindset is, like any competitor. But we’ll see what the groin feels like tomorrow, and we’ll make a smart decision. But he’s in great spirits.”

Davis did not speak to reporters both after Monday’s practice and following the Lakers’ 100-92 Game 4 loss to Phoenix on Sunday, which tied the series up at 2-2. Davis  injured his left groin after landing hard on the floor following a missed layup with 48.3 seconds left in the first half. Davis stayed on the court in pain before eventually standing up without assistance. After hunching over in pain underneath the Suns’ basket, Davis then walked slowly toward the Lakers’ locker room. He did not return to the game after halftime, and the Lakers officially ruled him out with about eight minutes left in the third quarter.

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