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Lakers: Anthony Davis out at least four weeks with foot injury

Anthony Davis suffers foot injury in Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds his ankle after an injury during the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Arena on February 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, 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 Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis didn’t think the Lakers’ roster was good enough.

And that was with Davis playing.

Davis will miss at least four weeks with a mid-foot sprain suffered in their win over the Jazz yesterday, the Lakers announced.

Los Angeles (27-31) is ninth in the Western Conference – on track to need to go 2-0 in play-in games, including one on the road, just to make the playoffs. If LeBron and Davis are healthy, the Lakers could do that and maybe even win multiple series. Those stars offer a high ceiling.

But Los Angeles’ baseline level is mediocre, especially considering Davis’ health issues. The Lakers are significantly closer to missing the play-in tournament altogether than directly qualifying for the playoffs as a top-six seed. Climbing the standings will be that much harder without Davis, who’d been playing better since returning from a knee injury.

At least the first week of Davis absence coincides with the All-Star break.

This timeline probably eliminates any chance of Davis becoming an All-Star this year. Suns All-Star Chris Paul just hurt his hand. If that necessitates another West injury replacement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver could name Davis while simultaneously naming an actually available replacement for the replacement. But Davis being set to miss so much more time makes it harder to justify honoring him as an All-Star this year.