Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis has confirmed that he is getting better but acknowledged that team doctors will determine whether he plays Game 6 versus the Phoenix Suns. Davis missed Game 5 because of a strained groin as the Suns beat the Lakers to take a 3-2 lead.
"Hopefully all the rehab and treatment that I'm doing pays off and the doctors clear me to go," Davis said. "That's what we want. So, getting more treatment tonight, tomorrow and kind of talk to the doctors before the game -- before and after I shoot -- and hopefully everything comes back good where they clear me.
"That's what we're hoping for." The Lakers stood no chance without Davis as the Suns claimed a 115-85 win in Game 5. "It's tough," he said. "Especially [Tuesday] night, watching the game and not being able to help the team on the floor.
It's the toughest part, knowing that I couldn't contribute. My body just wouldn't allow me to." Davis suffered a hyperextended left knee in Game 3 and that was one of the reasons that caused the groin injury.
"The groin happened because of the tightness in the knee from the hyperextension," Davis said. "I was feeling the knee kind of the whole game. Even the first couple plays, was feeling it. And just went up to try to lay the ball up, and as soon as I went up, I just felt it from my knee just shoot up into my groin.
That was kind of the end of it."
Davis was hoping to play
Davis went out on the court on Tuesday but realized he was far from the level he needed to be to play. "I just wasn't able to really move," Davis said.
"And every move that we make, it starts with the groin. Any other injury, the knee and all that, you can kind of finagle a way to move, but the groin is a tough place. So, I just wasn't able to do it last night."
While sitting on the bench, Davis flashed six fingers. "There's still a Game 6," Davis said, when asked to explain why he flashed six fingers. "You don't win with three wins. We've still got a game tomorrow, which is Game 6.
Whether we win by 30 or lose by 30, there's still another game. "And same way for tomorrow -- you get tomorrow and there's a Game 7. You don't win three games in a playoff series and win a series."