- Anthony Davis is sitting out on Wednesday night.
- He’s already nursing multiple injuries.
- Given his past, it might be time for the Lakers to consider load management.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ quest to win the franchise’s record-tying 17th championship is off to a wildly encouraging start. Three weeks into the regular season, concerns about a redundant, aging roster not fit for the modern NBA have yielded way to praise for Los Angeles’ dominant interior defense, veteran savvy, and collective effort.
The Lakers sit atop the Western Conference standings at 8-2, and own the third-best net rating in basketball. If not favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, they’re among a small handful of teams whose title chances are rooted more in on-court performance than wide-eyed optimism.
But amid Los Angeles’ stirring victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, the imminently tenuous nature of its status as a top-tier championship contender was revealed.
Anthony Davis Is Already Nursing Multiple Maladies
Anthony Davis left the Lakers’ win during the third quarter, retreating to the locker room for treatment on his ribs. Thankfully, further testing after the game indicated Davis had escaped serious injury.
He’s sitting out Los Angeles’ game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night regardless, nursing both his ribs and the lingering shoulder injury that caused him to miss another game in October.
Making matters worse, Davis reluctantly suggested earlier this week that the injury to his right shoulder could prompt him to miss time going forward.
“Obviously, if it makes sense and then [the medical staff] give me reasons why, for the betterment of the team, then I guess we can go forward with [not playing],” he said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
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Davis has been…