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Anthony Davis reportedly to be available for Game 6, avoids concussion

Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors - Game Five

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Chase Center on May 10, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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When Anthony Davis is on the court these playoffs, the Lakers have a +6.5 net rating. When Davis sits, it’s -5.3. It’s no secret he is the lynchpin to the Lakers’ championship hopes this season.

Which is why reports — both in the aftermath of Game 5 and now the following day — that Davis has avoided a concussion and is likely to play in Game 6 on Friday. Chris Haynes reported this Thursday.

That echoes positive reports out of Game 5, including from Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

“Obviously, everyone saw he took a shot to the head, but we just checked in on him, he seems to be doing really good already,” Ham said. “That’s just where he’s at. That’s the status of it right now.”

Sam Amick of The Athletic added this.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham shared few specifics about his condition, but the mood from both him and sources close to Davis was optimistic in the immediate aftermath of it all.

In the fourth quarter of Game 5, the Warriors’ Kevon Looney inadvertently elbowed Davis in the side of the head. Davis was instantly in pain.

Davis went to the bench and later to the locker room for observation, he did not return to the game (which the Warriors won to extend their season). However, the reports out of the game were that he avoided a concussion, and Davis walked out of the Chase Center under his own power.

Game 6 isn’t must win for the Lakers, who are still up 3-2 on the Warriors, but it’s as close as it gets. The Lakers are 6-0 at Arena this postseason and they don’t want to have to win a Game 7 on the road against Stephen Curry and the defending champions. That’s a huge ask. Better to take care of business on Friday night.

But that will require a healthy Davis. It appears the Lakers will have that.