Lakers go "cautious" with Anthony Davis ruled out due to calf injury

San Antonio, Texas - Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham downplayed the calf injury that kept All-Star Anthony Davis out of Saturday's NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis was ruled out of Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a calf injury.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis was ruled out of Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a calf injury.  © REUTERS

Davis had played 16 out of the Lakers' 17 games prior to Saturday's game, where the power forward was ruled out with a left calf contusion.

He played a key role during LeBron James' recent five-game absence with a groin injury, averaging 26.3 points and 12.8 rebounds this season.

"He was kicked at some point in the second half [on Friday] night and it's a little irritated, a little bruising," Ham told reporters pre-game. "So just trying to stay ahead of it and be a little cautious and take our time with it, but he's out."

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During James' five-game absence, Davis averaged 33.4 points on 64.4% shooting, 17.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks.

"Just it being a back-to-back, the load he was carrying, specifically with [James] out, it's just the smart and right thing to do," Ham said.

"We don't want to push him this early in the season. And when you're talking about different muscles and ligaments, it's something that can easily turn into a year-long issue. So just to avoid that, we don't want to put any additional strain on the area."

"The medical people decided it was the right thing to do and I totally agree."

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