Anthony Davis misses 4th consecutive Lakers game

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — For the fourth consecutive game, the Lakers had to do without Anthony Davis.In the morning shootaround, Coach Frank Vogel confirmed Davis, who has been recovering from a bruised backside for more than a week now, would miss another game. As of Tuesday, Davis told the media he had not sprinted nor taken contact. Wednesday morning saw some progress, but not much more.“He moved a lot more,” Vogel said. “It wasn’t live action. The coaches bumped him around a little bit trying to test it. He’s still not ready.”With two days before a five-game trip through Houston then the Northeast, the Lakers are hoping to get a practice incorporating Davis by Friday. They’ll play Houston on Saturday, and all parties would like Davis to return by then. If he isn’t ready to play before the trip, Vogel said the team could possibly squeeze in live work during an off-day through Boston, New York (two games) or Philadelphia. On Tuesday, the WNBA agreed in principle to new terms on a deal with the players association that will raise the average salary of the game above six figures. The deal notably increases the percentage of revenue players receive, improves travel accommodations and offers paid maternity leave. The WNBPA has worked for the better part of a year to hammer out new terms with the league, which is operated by the NBA.James voiced his support for the WNBA and its players on reaching new terms.“Hopefully it means that continued greatness is on the rise,” he said. “I mean, it’s a big step in their league. I’m happy for all the women that’s a part of that league, both on the floor and off, and I just hope they continue their success.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKyle Kuzma started for Davis for a fourth straight game after filling in robust scoring production in the previous three contests, averaging 24.3 points while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and over 35 percent from 3-point range. Kuzma’s production has been a huge reason the Lakers have managed to skate by without Davis (and without LeBron James against the Oklahoma City Thunder).“It’s really been a great time for Kuz to climb the rope,” Vogel said. “He struggled to catch a rhythm in this system early in the year, battling the injuries and having a new role than he had last year. But just to get the minutes that he’s getting right now and to find an offensive rhythm and tighten up the defensive coverages, I think it’s an invaluable time for him, in particular.”Rajon Rondo (right ring finger non-displaced fracture) also sat out against Orlando, his second straight absence. Rondo was seen after practice doing individual skill work with assistant coach Phil Handy with a wrap on his right hand.Rondo injured his hand twice last season while missing extended time for the Lakers. Vogel said he was unsure if Rondo would wear a protective wrapping upon his return.JAMES LAUDS WNBA LABOR AGREEMENTLeBron James has been involved in labor disputes before, so he can understand how tough agreements can be.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more