INDIANAPOLIS – Anthony Davis, the great Los Angeles Lakers man, won’t play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms, the team said.
Davis played his way through the illness on Tuesday, arriving at Madison Square Garden less than an hour before the tip, ending up 20 points and six rebounds in a 106-100 loss to the New York Knicks.
“I just woke up feeling bad,” said Davis after the Knicks game. “Headache. Really all flu symptoms. Cough. Fever. Body aches. Everything. Just at the hotel while waiting for my fever to go down and it was a mild fever, could be contagious or something,” they said So I couldn’t leave until my fever broke
“And the fever broke out, got into the car, shot right here. About 48 minutes on the music box. Got in, did what I could with regard to treatment.
It will be Davis’ first missed game of the season.
“His fever came back after the game and he’s been in bed with this fever all day,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel.
Los Angeles will face the Pacers with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker.
It is the Lakers’ tenth starting grid in 20 games this season.
“We haven’t played for many minutes without Anthony,” said Vogel. “He’s been in every game and it’s obviously a different challenge for us, what he’s doing on both sides of the ball and this is a big team we play against so we’re definitely going to miss his size and length on the inside. We just have to adjust. We’ve been taking guys in and out of the line-up all year, so it’s no different for us tonight. “
Los Angeles arrives Wednesday 1-3 on its five-game road trip that ends against the Pacers.