Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis badly wanted to help his team in Game 6 but a strained groin prevented him from doing so. Davis was cleared by the Lakers medical team to play Game 6 but he worsened his injury just minutes into the game.
Davis exited the game and never returned. The Phoenix Suns ended up with a 113-100 win and taking a 4-2 victory in the series. "I wanted to," Davis said afterward. "Just the competitive nature in me to go out and help the team as best as I could.
My body didn't agree." Davis was often criticised this season for being injury-prone. "I don't need to prove anything to anyone that's outside this Lakers organization," Davis said afterward when asked about the criticism he has received for the frequent injuries in his career.
Dennis Schroder defended Davis
"Couldn't even walk and still trying to make it work," Schroder said, adding that Davis' groin was so hurt that the forward was "tumbling" around the court when L.A. conducted its walk-through before the game.
"It means a lot to me." LeBron James, who captured a fourth title with his third different team last season, underlined that having a healthy Davis will be the key for their potential success next season.n "The No. 1 thing for us is getting AD healthy," LeBron James said.
"If we get big fella healthy ... that will put us in the best possible chance to be successful next year." Schroder, who is a free agent this summer, has suggested that he wants to stay in Los Angeles. "I mean, we gotta go through the bulls--- to get to the good s---, that's how I take it," he said.
"I want to win a championship. And I'm going to work my ass off this summer and come back and be me." James regrets that the Lakers couldn't stay healthy this season. "The one thing that bothers me more than anything is we never really got an opportunity to see our full team at full strength," said James, who missed 26 games himself because of a high right ankle sprain that still limited him in the playoffs.
"Either because of injury or COVID or something going on with our ballclub this year, we could never fully get into a rhythm. And never really kind of see the full potential of what we could be capable of."