Lakers’ Davis out for 2nd half with groin strain


LOS ANGELES — Lakers forward Anthony Davis exited Game 4 of Los Angeles’ first-round series with the Phoenix Suns with a strained left groin at halftime and will not return, according to the team.

Davis missed a layup inside the final minute of the second quarter and collapsed to the floor after landing. He was slow to get up, clutching at his groin area while play continued on the other end of the court.

He came into the game playing on a sprained left knee that he suffered in Game 3, landing awkwardly after executing a chasedown block on Suns star Devin Booker.

Davis averaged 34 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in Games 2 and 3 of the series to give the seventh-seeded Lakers a 2-1 lead over the No. 2 Suns. He finished Game 4 with six points on 2-for-9 shooting with four rebounds in 19 minutes.

Kyle Kuzma started the third quarter in Davis’ place.

The Lakers were already without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was ruled out prior to the contest.

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