Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is not in the NBA’s concussion protocol, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham confirmed on Thursday.
In great news for Lakers fans, the forward will be listed as probable for Friday’s Game 6 clash against the Warriors in LA.
Ham said he is progressing positively after taking an elbow to the head from Kevon Looney in Game 5.
“We checked in with him. He’s feeling great,” Ham said on Thursday via Zoom. “Our medical staff gave us a great update. He’s not in the protocol. Not showing any signs of anything. He’ll be listed as probable tomorrow.”
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin appeared on NBA Today on Thursday morning and said:
“I spoke to a source close to Davis this morning who told me that he believes there’s not any scenario that he can envision where Anthony Davis does not play in Game 6, ‘It’s the playoffs.'”
Davis was elbowed in the head with less than eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter. He was taken from the court and was apparently feeling unstable on his feet, so was escorted out the Chase Center arena in a wheelchair.
When the Lakers left the venue, Davis was able to walk on his own but looked a little ginger and a cameraman was asked to dim the light.
Anthony Davis leaving Chase Center after being struck in the head in Game 5. Photographer was told to kill the light that was on him. pic.twitter.com/yWUp1IQ5PW
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Davis will be a key piece in Game 6 if he is to take the court. He has been immense on defense and is averaging a league-leading 3.4 blocks this postseason.
He has been difficult for the Warriors to contain on offense as well, as he averages 2.5 points and 2.6 assists.
Game 6 of the Warriors v Lakers round two series will take place on Friday, May 12 at 7:00PM PT at Crypto.com arena.