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Davis exits with head injury as Lakers unravel
The Warriors beat the Lakers, 121-106, after Anthony Davis was taken off in a wheelchair following a head injury late in the loss.
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1. Davis exits with head injury as Lakers unravel
The Warriors beat the Lakers, 121-106, after Anthony Davis was taken off in a wheelchair following a head injury late in the loss. Will Davis play in Game 6? The Sporting Tribune’s Mark Medina has the latest.
With one inadvertent elbow to his face, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis showed immediate pain that left him unable to play for the remainder of the game and to stay on the court.
Can Davis recover quickly? The answer to that question could determine whether the Lakers can recover from a 121-126 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their second-round series on Wednesday in San Francisco. The Lakers don’t have a lot of time to receive clarity on that answer before hosting Game 6 against Golden State on Friday in LA in a potential close-out game.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham told reporters that Davis “seems to be doing better already.” TNT also reported that Davis “appears to have avoided a concussion.” But no one fully knows the severity of Davis’ potential injury just yet after Warriors forward Kevon Looney inadvertently elbowed Davis in his face while chasing a rebound late in the fourth quarter.
Davis left the game with 7:34 remaining before sitting on the bench. After struggling to see while sitting down, Davis exited the court about a minute later. And he remained so limited with his movement that TNT reported the Lakers’ medical staff wheelchaired him toward a room near the visitor’s locker room.
2. Davis forced to exit early as Lakers lose Game 5
The Lakers not only lost Game 5 but might have potentially lost Anthony Davis as the series now moves to Los Angeles for Game 6. The Sporting Tribune’s Rey Moralde wonders what the future holds for the Lakers if Davis is sidelined.
Well, the Lakers did not put away the Warriors. And right now, even with the Lakers up, 3-2, it doesn't look so great. More on this later.
But the Warriors won Game 5, 121-106.
They really stuck to their profiles. Draymond Green got the Warriors running, though. He made his first three-pointer and was key to a strong 17-5 start by the Dubs. Green put in 8 points during that span.
The Lakers came back pretty quickly, though, as they ran their offense through Anthony Davis. He scored 13 points in the first period as the Lakers trailed, 32-28, going into the second.
3. Oilers dominate Vegas and tie series
The Edmonton Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights, 4-1, to tie their semifinal series at 2-2 heading into Game 5 in Las Vegas. The Sporting Tribune’s W.G. Ramirez has more on what we can expect from the Golden Knights heading back home.
The discipline that helped author a road win in Game 3 for the Vegas Golden Knights was nowhere to be found in Game 4.
As a result, the Edmonton Oilers beat Vegas 4-1 and tied their Western Conference semifinal series at 2-all.
Edmonton improved to 4-0 after a loss in the postseason, games in which it's outscored its opponents, 18-8.
Meanwhile, it was Vegas' first road loss in the postseason, and its first regulation road loss since a 2-1 setback at Florida on March 7.
A total of 23 penalties were called, including 13 taken by Vegas, which finished with 64 penalty minutes. The Golden Knights finished with 70 penalty minutes in Game 2, also a loss.
Both nights were uncharacteristic for Vegas, which ranked No. 1 during the regular season with just 599 penalty minutes. The Golden Knights currently have a league-high 201 penalty minutes in nine playoff games - including the 134 in their two losses in this series.
4. Galaxy defeat Sounders, 3-1, in Open Cup Round
After losing five of their previous six games, the Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders, 3-1, to move on to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup, The Sporting Tribune’s Anthony Bautista has more on the win.
Following a discouraging loss to the Colorado Rapids just four days ago at home, LA Galaxy team captain, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez called out his teammates effort and passion for the crest.
"You don't need to suffer. You need to realize that its painful. You don't realize that it's painful? And you don't care about this club? Then you shouldn't be here," Hernandez said Saturday following the loss.
On Wednesday, his teammates responded with arguably the club's best performance of the year in a 3-1 victory over current MLS Western Conference leaders, the Seattle Sounders, to move on to the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.
From the opening whistle, the Galaxy played with a much higher sense of urgency than previously seen from the club through the first 10 games of the MLS Season.
5. Washington State transfer DJ Rodman commits to USC
USC picked up a commitment from Washington State transfer DJ Rodman, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. The Sporting Tribune’s Adam Bradford has more on USC’s latest big-name addition.
USC basketball continues to load up on NBA legacy players.
Three days after landing highly-coveted recruit Bronny James, USC picked up a commitment Tuesday from Washington State transfer DJ Rodman, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman.
Rodman comes to USC as a graduate transfer from Washington State, where he played the past four years. As a senior this past season, Rodman started 30 games for the Cougars, averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
6. A’s to Vegas soap opera continues
The Athletics appear to be switching sites to a location on the Las Vegas Strip for their proposed $1.5 billion ballpark. The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp has the latest on the A’s plans to move to Las Vegas.
This A’s-to-Vegas move is turning into one heck of a soap opera.
Two weeks ago, it was the A’s agreeing to purchase 49 acres of land at the intersection of West Tropicana Avenue and Dean Martin Drive. This week, the team announced it was entering into an agreement to obtain nine acres of land where the current Tropicana Hotel and Casino sits on the Las Vegas Strip to build a ballpark.
What will next week bring? Land from the owners of the Rio for a buck? A 12th-hour sweetheart deal from the City of Henderson? Tune in and find out on “As the A’s Turn.”
It makes you wonder if team owner John Fisher and president David Kaval truly have their act together. They don’t have a deal with the Nevada legislature or Clark County to secure public funding in some form to help defray the $1.5 billion cost to build a ballpark with a retractable roof. They still haven’t applied to Major League Baseball for permission to move the twice-moved franchise from Oakland to Las Vegas. There’s no design for the stadium that has been shown publicly.
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8. Ticket Time presented by TickPick
Here are the “get in” prices for tickets in the area if you’re thinking about going to a game Friday:
7:00 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers – $59
7:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers – $473
7:00 p.m. - Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights - $151
9. On the Air presented by The D Las Vegas
Here are the game times and television channels for professional teams in the region Friday
4:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Guardians – Bally Sports West
7:00 p.m. – San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers – SportsNet LA
7:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers – ESPN
7:00 p.m. - Edmonton Oilers at Vegas Golden Knights - TNT
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