Lakers’ Anthony Davis appears to injure arm in Game 1 vs Grizzlies, comes back to play crucial role in win

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis suffered an injury in Sunday’s Game 1 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs at the worst time.

With the Grizzlies leading 58-56 with 1:15 remaining in the first half, Davis went up to rebound a missed shot and came down while grabbing his right arm.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), center, loses control of the ball between Memphis Grizzlies forwards Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and Dillon Brooks (24) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

“I can’t move my arm,” Davis appeared to tell the Lakers bench.

He was taken out of the game for a few minutes but came back and helped the Lakers to the Game 1 win.

In 37 minutes, Davis scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had seven blocks. He also had three assists and three steals in the game. All appeared to be fine.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks against Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks against Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Davis’ health is going to be crucial for the playoffs should the Lakers find a way to upset Memphis in the series. He played in 56 games during the 2022-2023 season – the most since he played 62 when the Lakers won the championship in the COVID-19 pandemic-impacted 2019-2020 season.

In those 56 games, he averaged 25.9 points, 12.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. It was the first time he averaged a double-double since his last season with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2018-2019.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Xavier Tillman (2) during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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Los Angeles stole one from Memphis on Sunday.

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