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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis to miss four weeks

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis
Jan 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) looks to pass against the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel says star forward Anthony Davis will miss four weeks as he recovers from a right Achilles tendon injury.

Davis was re-examined by team doctors after Thursday night’s 109-98 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

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“He’s going to be out for four weeks,” Vogel said. “We want to try to put this fully behind him, be conservative with it just to make sure it’s fully healed before he’s back.”

The timetable keeps Davis out until after the All-Star break.

“He’s doing exactly what he needs to do to get himself back into the best health that he can be in,” teammate LeBron James said.

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“He has an injury that he can’t mess around with too much, and as an organization, as his teammates, as me as his brother, he has our full support. So, take his time, as much as he needs.”

Davis missed two games with the Achilles injury before aggravating it in Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Davis bumped legs with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic with 2:39 left in the second quarter. He stayed in the game to make two free throws before walking gingerly to the locker room.

Davis had 15 points in 14 minutes before leaving with the Lakers trailing 60-55. The Nuggets won 122-105.

Davis, 27, is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23 starts this season. He helped the Lakers win the NBA title in his first season with the team in 2019-20. The seven-time All-Star was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and has career averages of 23.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 551 games (546 starts).

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–Field Level Media