Lakers lose star Davis with flu-like symptoms, fall to Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — The flu has stopped Anthony Davis. It’s the only thing that’s been stopping him lately.

Davis was forced out of Los Angeles’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after the first quarter on Tuesday night and the Lakers struggled without their All-Star center in a 116-102 loss.

Davis had scored 99 points in his previous two games and had been in tears over the last 10 as the Lakers went 8-2 to erase most of a horrific start to the season. He scored just one point in eight minutes before being forced off.

Davis didn’t attempt a shot while adding three rebounds and two assists before being forced to call it a night.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Davis’ symptoms gradually worsened over the course of the day.

“His temperature was 101 and some changes,” Ham said. “AD wanted to try to play, but he felt too weak. He’s drained and dehydrated. It’s a huge loss, obviously, with the way he’s been playing lately.

Ham said Davis likely won’t play Wednesday in Toronto. He also pointed out that Davis had not tested positive for COVID-19.

“Because of COVID, people forget there’s a common cold and flu,” Ham said. “That’s what we’re dealing with here.”

The eight-time All-Star, who has played just 76 games over the past two seasons due to injuries, was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 37.8 points, 13 .0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.3 blocks in four games.

In his previous 10 games, the 29-year-old averaged 34.2 points and 15.4 rebounds. He also shot 63% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line.

Davis scored 55 points in Sunday night’s win at Washington, adding 17 rebounds and three blocked shots. He dropped 44 points in the previous game against Milwaukee.

Without him, the Lakers lacked a defensive presence inside, and Cavs center Jarrett Allen scored 24 points, 22 in the first half on 10-of-11 shooting.

LeBron James tried to pick up the slack, grabbing 17 rebounds – his best in a road game. Reserve Thomas Bryant replaced Davis and scored a season-high 19 points in 28 minutes, but Los Angeles couldn’t make up for Davis’ loss.

“It’s a big task,” James said. “Literally as well as figuratively.”

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