Anthony Davis Injury Update: Lakers Star to Miss Two Games with Back Injury

Anthony Davis is expected to miss at least two games after injuring his lower back on Tuesday night.

During the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 117-87 win over the New York Knicks, Davis fell awkwardly after attempting to block a shot from Julius Randle and sustained a bruised sacrum—the lower part of the spine close to the tailbone.

The former New Orleans Pelicans star landed on his back and it was immediately obvious he was in pain, as he remained on the floor for approximately two minutes and pounded the court in frustration after his landing.

The 26-year-old eventually walked off the court gingerly and headed to the locker room unassisted.

Speaking in his postgame press conference, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel confirmed the extent of the injury and indicated Davis he would undergo additional testing, with a more detailed update due on Wednesday.

Davis' agent Rich Paul, meanwhile, told reporters his client remained sore and had undergone X-rays, which had come back negative.

According to ESPN, the Lakers are planning to rest Davis the upcoming road trip in Dallas and Oklahoma City to allow him to completely recover from the injury.

The first overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft had five points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals by the time he was forced off the court on Tuesday night.

Since joining the Lakers in a much-publicized trade from the Pelicans in July Davis has been instrumental in the franchise's winning run this year.

The former Kentucky alumni, who will be a unrestricted free agent in the summer, is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season.

"He's one of our pillars," Vogel said. "He's our present. He's our future. He's one of the best players in the world, so obviously he means a lot."

The win over the Knicks was the Lakers' sixth straight and improved their record for the season to 30-7, consolidating their grip on top spot in the Western Conference with a 4.5-game margin over the Denver Nuggets.

It marks a remarkable turnaround from last season, when the Lakers missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year despite landing LeBron James in free agency in the summer of 2018.

While the Lakers sacrificed most of their young core in the trade for Davis, the gamble has paid off handsomely so far and they are already just seven wins away from equalling their win total from last year and five from matching their tally from the 2017-18 season.

The Lakers have already won more games this year than at anytime between the beginning of 2013-14 season and the end of the 2016-17 campaign and are the bookmakers joint-favorite to win a first NBA title in 10 years.

According to Oddschecker, the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks are all 3/1 to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June.

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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers gets injured after taking a hard fall on his tail bone during the third quarter of a game against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on January 7 in Los Angeles, California. = Allen Berezovsky/Getty
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