Anthony Davis (back) says he’ll play when Lakers start play-in round

Field Level Media

April 15, 2024 at 2:38 am.

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis said he will be ready for the start of the team’s postseason on Tuesday after leaving Sunday’s regular-season final early due to back spasms.

The Lakers are in the Western Conference play-in tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face the No. 7 New Orleans Pelicans.

It will be a rematch of Sunday’s game, when Los Angeles beat host New Orleans 124-108 despite Davis leaving during the fourth quarter to receive treatment for back spasms.

Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. pushed Davis from behind while Davis jumped for a rebound. The oft-injured Davis later explained his “back just locked up” as a result.

“I was in the air,” Davis said. “Obviously it’s a dangerous play. I know he’s not a dirty player.”

Davis, who started his career with the Pelicans, finished with a team-high 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting and 11 rebounds for the Lakers. He finished the season averaging 24.7 points and 12.6 rebounds over 76 games.

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