KEY POINTS

  • The Lakers are keeping their fingers crossed with Anthony Davis now under evaluation
  • Frank Vogel may turn to Marc Gasol once more for added help
  • Gasol is a team player that Vogel could utilize to buy Davis some time to recover

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another blow during Game 4 when Anthony Davis left the game in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns.

The All-Star center fell on the floor following a layup with only 48.3 seconds left in the said period.

He would not return as the Lakers went on to lose, 100-92, allowing the Suns to tie the first-round NBA playoff matchup.

Davis is now undergoing evaluation and is listed as day-to-day, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The development places the Lakers in a spot once again, meaning head coach Frank Vogel will have to adjust his rotation once more.

Vogel failed to do that in Game 4, and now the Lakers coach will have to work on that as they prepare for their next outing.

"You know, he's one of the best players in the world, so you have to adjust," Vogel said. "And I thought we gave great effort trying to overcome that loss, but it certainly wasn't enough."

Until there is some clarity on the status of Davis, expect the name of Marc Gasol to crop up once more.

The former NBA champion is likely to fill in the void alongside Andre Drummond.

Recall that there are people like Kyle Kuzma who believe that Gasol has been underutilized.

His numbers are down, but his contributions have been overlooked. The beauty of having someone like Gasol is that he is a team player and prefers to contribute in any way.

One person who can attest to that is Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia. In an exclusive interview on Sports For All PH, the 69-year-old lauded the Spaniard for what he brings to the table.

“He doesn’t have “I” in him, he has “we” in him. He is always a team guy,” Bhatia said when asked for his take on the three-time NBA All-Star.

Bhatia is aware that Gasol is not getting many minutes but believes he can still be a force if utilized. That includes hitting key shots when the opportunity arises.

“He is playing very minimal minutes right now. But you know he can still shoot those three-pointers,” Bhatia stated when he was interviewed by Filipino journalists Brian Yalung and Vincent Juico.

It remains to be seen if Gasol will factor in for the Lakers who are taking the long road to the NBA finals.

A lot may depend on how well Davis can cope up with the latest setback in this injury-riddled campaign.

 Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers Photo: Getty Images | Sean M. Haffey