Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis suffered a groin injury versus the Phoenix Suns on Sunday and LeBron James could have a bigger role on the offense in the rest of the series. Davis, who was listed as questionable for Game 4, suited up but suffered a groin injury in the first half and did not return to the game.
The Suns took the advantage of Davis being out as they earned a 100-92 win to tie the series at 2-2. "When I competed against the Miami Heat, and either [Dwyane] Wade or [Chris] Bosh was out, that meant more touches for Bron," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
"And that wasn't always a good thing for my Pacers teams."
James will step up if needed
"We'll see," James said, when first asked how his role might change throughout the series if Davis misses time with his latest injury.
"These shoulders were built for a reason. So if it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw, I'm ready for the challenge." Before the game, injured Suns guard Chris Paul managed to convince head coach Monty Williams and general manager James Jones to start.
"I have to trust his will and his experience and the things he's done over the course of his career. He's trained to be in these moments," Williams said. "My final thought was, 'I don't want to be the one that takes that away from him.
That was the lasting thing that I was thinking about, like, who am I to take that away from him? He's worked his tail off for years to be in this moment, and I don't want to be the doofus coach to take that away.'
" Paul went out and balled as he had a team-high 18 points and nine assists. "I told the guys, 'I don't know how long it's gonna be,'" Paul recalled. "'If you all feel like I'm out here lookin' like some trash, just tell me and I'll get out.'
"But I at least had to see what I could do." Suns coach Williams trusted Paul. "He said, 'Coach, let me start, and if you don't think I'm looking like I normally do, then take me out and we'll have to go in a different direction,'" Williams said. "This is one of those situations that I had to trust the player."