Anthony Davis Suffers Right Thumb Sprain

Anthony Davis exited his third preseason game with the Lakers early due to a hand injury, according to Dave McMenamin of, who says the initial diagnosis is a sprained right thumb. The injury occurred during the first quarter in the Lakers/Nets exhibition game in Shenzhen, China.

While Davis initially kept playing after getting the thumb taped up, he returned to the locker room before the second quarter and didn’t re-enter the game after that. The injury doesn’t sound serious, but AD will undergo further testing on Sunday after the Lakers return to Los Angeles. There’s no X-ray machine at the arena in Shenzhen, notes Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times (Twitter link).

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports (via Twitter) that initial tests showed no ligament damage. According to Charania, it’s believed to be a Grade 1 sprain, but an MRI on Sunday should confirm the diagnosis.

The Lakers still have three games – all against the Warriors – on their preseason schedule before they open the regular season on October 22 vs. the Clippers. It remains to be seen whether Davis will play in any of those games against Golden State.

In his first two preseason games as a Laker, not counting Saturday’s brief appearance, Davis averaged 19.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 3.5 APG in 22 minutes per contest.

With the Lakers and Nets having now completed their exhibition games in Shanghai and Shenzhen and set to return to the U.S. on Sunday, it will be interesting to see how the NBA/China controversy plays out from here. Things have been mostly quiet over the last couple days, but the league may be more willing to discuss the situation once all its players are back stateside.

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15 thoughts on “Anthony Davis Suffers Right Thumb Sprain

  1. PapiElf

    Ouch. Thumb sprains hurt. I got one and my thumb swelled up twice its size. I hope he feels better soon.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I’m guessing he’s out a couple of weeks.

      He’ll probably sit out the first game or two of the season.

  2. dirtbagfreitas

    AD always has something going on to where he misses games or he gets banged up and has to leave.

  3. Strike Four

    Warriors going to coast to the West title now MVPSteph doesn’t have KD hoarding all his shots.

    • amk3510

      MVPSteph who hasn’t won the award in 3 years and 1-2 in the Finals without KD.

        • I think what he means is no longer does Curry need to share the ball like before. The last 3 years he shared the ball with Durant. There is no thompson for more than half the season. Curry will be the scoring leader in the NBA no doubt about that.

          • x%sure

            I think what HE meant was a response to PapiElf!

            Anyway I wonder if Draymond plans to fill that vacuum. Probably would not hurt the team much either way at least in the short term.

    • PapiElf

      Wait, you’re saying that since Anthony Davis might miss a couple games means that the Warriors are going to win the West? This is coming from a Pistons fan.

  4. bowserhound

    What a lame pre season. 4 games against 1 team that’s in your conference and 2 against another on the other side of the world.

  5. Fearthebeard

    Have lakers won a game yet?

    I mean no kd. Irving all of a minute in two games?

    Nets aren’t exactly favs to do some serious damage either?


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