The Los Angeles Lakers could expect nothing less from the defending champions Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The Warriors gave it their all and took a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. However, the most worrying part of the game for the Lakers was the injury status of Anthony Davis, as he had to leave the match with 7:34 minutes still on the game clock after taking an elbow from Kevon Looney right in the face.
With D’Angelo Russell heading to the backboard for two easy points, Looney and Davis scrambled for position to rebound under the basket. Looney extended his arm in an attempt to push Davis away but, instead, the Warriors’ long man ended up inadvertently hitting Davis in the head, forcing the Lakers star out of contention.
Anthony Davis took an elbow to the face by Kevon Looney and headed to the Lakers bench 😮pic.twitter.com/DCSyQQmflb
– ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 11, 2023
For a while, Anthony Davis suffered the pain of injury on the Lakers’ bench while the coaching staff tended to the injured star. But clearly, pain Davis was experiencing became too much to bear and he decided to go to the locker room.
To add to this concern, Chris Haynes, a reporter for TNT’s Game 5 broadcast, reported that the Lakers had to take Davis to the locker room in a wheelchair because the long 30-year-old was unable to walk under his own power. Before exiting the match, Davis put up 23 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes.