PHOENIX — Anthony Davis had a wrap on his right shoulder before the game and tape around his ribs by the end of it, but neither setback stopped him from putting up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 123-115 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
“He wants to play,” said LeBron James when asked about Davis after L.A. pushed its record to 8-2 to start the season. “He wants to play, and we just have to pick it up.
“For him, when he’s showing that grit when he’s playing with injuries, there’s no reason for any of us not to be out there as well. He’s been showing everything.”
Davis, who has been playing through right shoulder soreness, took a shot to the ribs in the first quarter, eventually retreating to the locker room between the third and fourth quarters to get taped up.
The Lakers said X-rays on his ribs came back negative and that he’ll be reevaluated Wednesday.
“Umm, thank you, LeBron,” Davis said when informed of James’ postgame remarks. “I just want to play. Like I said, it’s tough for me to lead from the sideline.
“The more I can do on the floor to help this team win, that’s what I try to do. I know what our goal is, I know what we’re trying to build. So the more I can try to stay on the floor, the more steps we move toward our goal.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis was “playing through a lot of pain