PHOENIX – Anthony Davis had a right-arm wrap before the game and a ribbon around his ribs to the end, but no failure stopped him from scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds at 123 Los Angeles Lakers. 115 wins over Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
"He wants to play," LeBron James said when asked about Davis after LA raised its record to 8-2 to start the season. "He wants to play, and we just have to get him.
" For him, when he shows this grit, when he plays with injuries, there is no reason for any of us to be here and there. It shows everything. "
Davis, who plays with soreness on his right shoulder, fired a shot at the ribs in the first quarter, eventually retired to the locker room between the third and fourth quarters to be eavesdropped. [1
"Um, thank you, LeBron," Davis said when he was informed of the remarks after James. "I just want to play, Like I said, it's hard for me to play lead from the sideline.
"The more I can do on the floor to help this team win, that's what I'm trying to do. I know what our goal is, I know what we're trying to build. So the more I can try to stuck on the floor, the more steps we get to our goal. "
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis was" playing through a lot of pain, "crediting him for checking back into the game with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter and closing things.
While James praised Davis's tenacity with the media, James woke up to the Lakers' big man later in the locker room, pointing out how he and Rajon Rondo – both playing football in high school – would shake off the ribs and stay in the game. James asked Davis if he would need pads for the next race, as the young superstar playfully shook his head during the hearing.
L.A. play back-to-back second leg on Wednesday at home against the Golden State Warriors.
Davis does not confirm whether he will be fit.
"We'll see how the shoulder and rib injuries feel. Tomorrow, when it happened," Davis said. "And we'll get out of there."
The Lakers Dwight Howard Center, which continued its strong 12-point campaign at shooting 6 for 9 and nine off the bench, keep the big picture for Davis. "
" I don't think we need to focus on grinding and grinding right now, "Howard said." Let's do all the dirty work, keep the body clean its healthy and stuff like that and it's time for the playoffs, it's time. So we want to make it so keep it fresh. "
Should Davis be brought against the War, LA may be in a better position than, say, a week ago to control his absence, as Kyle Kuzma showed signs of rounding back to form in Phoenix.
Kuzma scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter – including consecutive 3-pointers within three minutes to increase the Lakers lead from one to seven – in the most his full effort after returning from a left ankle injury that caused him pa to miss the first four games of the season.
Vogel said before Tuesday's game that the plan would be to play James in both back-to-back games. James told ESPN last week that he plans to play all season while he is healthy, rejecting the pre-requisite for load management during his 17th season.
Rondo, who made his debut season against the Suns and broke up with five points, seven assists and six rebounds in 14 minutes, is not yet medically cleared to participate in the back so he will be forced to sit vs. Golden State.
"If [Kuzma] could bounce back and have another great night tomorrow night, it would be huge," Vogel said. "I don't know what the status of these guys will be, but obviously if it was the first or second game [Kuzma’s] we would have many more things to do. "