In a pivotal match, the Los Angeles Lakers clinched victory in their season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans, but not without a setback. Star center Anthony Davis left the court due to a back spasm, casting uncertainty over his availability for the upcoming play-in game.

During the game’s waning moments, Davis departed with less than six minutes remaining, leaving Lakers fans anxious about his condition. Despite securing the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, Davis’s departure overshadowed the team’s triumph.

Davis, however, expressed optimism regarding his injury, hoping it won’t hinder his participation in the critical play-in game. Yet, he didn’t shy away from accusing Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. of engaging in a “dangerous play” that precipitated his discomfort.

The incident occurred as Davis attempted a putback layup, landing awkwardly after what he described as a push from Nance while airborne. Despite initially remaining on the court, Davis eventually retreated to the sidelines, visibly grappling with his lower back.

Coach Darvin Ham reassured reporters that Davis’s spasm wasn’t severe and expressed confidence in his swift recovery. Davis echoed this sentiment, assuring fans of his determination to compete in the forthcoming game.

As Davis prepares for treatment and assessment, the Lakers remain in New Orleans, eliminating the need for immediate travel. However, the looming play-in game against the Pelicans holds significant stakes, determining playoff seeding and potential matchups.

Tuesday’s showdown promises high stakes, with the victor securing the coveted No. 7 seed and a first-round clash against the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, the defeated team faces the peril of elimination in a subsequent matchup, intensifying the pressure on both squads.



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