Frank Vogel, Anthony Davis Lakers
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Anthony Davis had to leave Game 4 versus the Phoenix Suns early due to an injury. The 28-year-old forward played 19 minutes as he scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.

Without him the Lakers lost the game 92-100 and are now tied 2-2 in the first round series against the Suns. The absence of Davis means that the team has to rely even more on LeBron James. According to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, that could be a good thing.

“When I competed against the Miami Heat and either [Dwyane] Wade or [Chris] Bosh was out and there was more touches for Bron that wasn’t always necessarily a good thing for my Pacers team,” he said.

“It’s just going to be more opportunity for Bron and obviously we need other guys to step up. Not one other but everybody. It’s got to be a group effort. We need contributions from everyone. We did have a stretch like this where we played without AD that we’ll draw on to take us into Game 5 if AD’s not available.”