SAN ANTONIO – Los Angeles Lakers star power forward, Anthony Daviswill not play Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs because of a bruised left calf, Lakers coach Darvin Ham announced before the game.
“He got booted sometime in the second half (Friday) night and he’s a little bit sore, (there’s) a little bruise,” Ham said. “So I just try to go ahead and be a little cautious and take our time with it. But he’s out.”
Davis had 25 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in Los Angeles’ win over San Antonio on Friday, continuing a hot streak in which he has averaged 33.4 points on 64.4% shooting, 17.6 rebounds and 2 .6 blocks in his last five games.
“Just being a back-to-back, the load I was carrying, specifically with (Lebron James) out, it’s the smart thing to do and the right thing to do,” Ham said of the decision to rest Davis. “We don’t want to put pressure on him so early in the season. And when you’re talking about different muscles and ligaments, it’s something that can easily become a year-long problem. So to avoid that, you don’t want to put any additional stress on the area.
“The doctors decided it was the right thing to do and I totally agree.”
After missing more than half of the Lakers’ games over the past two seasons due to various injuries, Davis stated during training camp that his goal for this season would be to be able to play all 82 games.
Saturday is the Lakers’ 18th game of the season and will be the second Davis has missed. He also sat out Oct. 28 against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a lower back strain.
Ham added that James, who missed five games with a left groin strain before returning Friday, would play Saturday.
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Anthony Davis (calf), out against Spurs