Lakers’ Anthony Davis aggravates eye injury, ruled out against Wolves

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LOS ANGELES – Anthony Davis aggravated a left eye injury and was ruled out for the second half of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 127-117 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

Wolves forward Kyle Anderson accidentally hit Davis in the face while attempting an offensive rebound late in the first quarter. After the play, Davis immediately went to the floor and covered his face with his hands.

The putback dunk gave LA a 35-30 lead with 24.2 seconds left in the first.

Davis went to the locker room for evaluation and did not return. He left the field without talking to the journalists.

A source familiar with the situation told ESPN there is hope Davis will be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Without Davis, the Wolves outrebounded the Lakers – who were also without LeBron James (flu-like symptoms) – 46–27 in the second quarter.

“He’s extremely valuable,” Lakers coach Darwin Hamm said of Davis. “Everyone here knows that. What he brings on both sides of the ball, it’s tough. It’s already tough being without Braun and seeing him go out. But I have the best of luck for our guys. Let them get their Didn’t feel sorry for it. They competed the whole way.”

Backup big man Jackson Hayes scored a season-high 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting and added 10 rebounds and a career-high 5 steals while filling in for Davis. His effort helped Los Angeles get back within 4 points at the end of the third quarter, before Minnesota pulled away again.

Davis suffered a corneal abrasion in his left eye during the Lakers’ 128–121 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 16.

The Lakers big man was hit in the eye by Warriors forward Trayce Jackson-Davis in the first quarter and had to exit the game early.

Sources told ESPN that the injury caused Davis’s vision to temporarily deteriorate and his eyelid to swell shut, prompting him to seek medical attention from a specialist.

Davis later recalled, “I couldn’t see.” “The corneal abrasion was actually right in the middle of my eye. It wasn’t like the edge. So whenever I looked it was blurry. My eye was swollen. I thought my eye was like, [torn] open. But it was not so. Kept giving water. It felt like there was sand in my eye.”

With Sunday’s loss, LA dropped from the No. 8 seed to ninth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind the Sacramento Kings.

The Lakers have three games remaining on their regular season schedule and will host the West’s No. 10 team, the Warriors, on Tuesday.

Minnesota, No. 1 in the West, took the season series 3-1 over the Lakers with Sunday’s result.

Should the Lakers be eliminated from the play-in tournament, the Wolves are a realistic opponent in the first round.

Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell, who was traded from Minnesota to L.A. last season, was confident his team would get back on track in the postseason.

“I think we’re going to finish this season strong, finish these games strong and whoever we face, we’re going to go all out,” Russell said. “I don’t think we care about teams that are performing well versus how they’ll look in the playoffs. It’s experience versus inexperience in the playoffs, that’s what gets you to the top. So I like our chances versus anybody.” “

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