The Los Angeles Lakers are now dealing with an unfortunate injury scare after prized off-season acquisition Anthony Davis suffered a thumb sprain during the team’s preseason game in China on Saturday.
The big man suffered the right thumb strain after swiping for a ball in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 91-77 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in China. He initially stayed in the game, but was then forced to leave.
Davis returned to the Lakers’ bench with his injured thumb taped up and with an ice pack attached after receiving treatment in the locker room. He finished the game with 6 points and 3 rebounds in only 12 minutes of action.
The former Pelicans forward is expected to undergo tests in Los Angeles on Monday after the team’s long return trip from the Far East, but the injury is not believed to be overly serious. Lakers fans, however, will be left to bite their nails until a further diagnosis is confirmed by the team.
The Lakers hope that their new big addition will be good to go for the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, October 22nd at the Staples Center. He is expected to help the team compete for the NBA Title, which the Lakers haven’t been able to bring home since the 2009-2010 season.