After receiving an MRI on his right calf in Denver on Monday that showed no signs of rupture, the Lakers will sit him out Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves and team doctors will re-evaluate Davis upon his return to L.A. ESPN reported that the 6-foot-10 All-NBA big man could miss as many as nine games leading into the All-Star break on March 5.,But for the Lakers, defending the title is paramount over short-term concerns, and even Davis recognized that on Sunday night when he spoke to the media after the injury, which the team is calling a “right calf strain.”,The Lakers first acknowledged that Davis was dealing with pain in his calf on Feb. 8, when the team announced he would miss that night’s game against Oklahoma City with tendonosis in his right Achilles.,Going into Sunday’s game against the Nuggets, Davis said he had been feeling “completely fine,” up until the point that he bumped legs with Nikola Jokic on a drive late in the second quarter.,Vogel expressed confidence Sunday that the Lakers wouldn’t expect a drop-off even if Davis missed significant time: “We’re gonna win games, that’s the first thing we’re gonna do.”
Leonard was sidelined with a left lower leg contusion; Paul George missed his fifth consecutive game with what’s being classified as bone edema in a right toe.,Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know when Leonard’s injury occurred of what his prognosis was — or what George’s is either, for that matter.,“I’m not sure, but it happened on this road trip,” Lue said of Leonard’s contusion, noting that he just learned he’d miss the game Sunday.,And in the past four games with out George, Leonard has increased his offensive output, averaging 29.3 points, shooting 51.2% from the field.,The Clippers are 1-1 so far when they’ve had to play without both Leonard and George — who currently rank third and fifth among Western Conference vote-getters in fan voting for the All-Star Game.
The Lakers have trailed after the last four first quarters, and they made dubious history Friday by becoming the third team in the past 20 seasons to make consecutive comebacks after trailing by 20 points.,They’ve also shot under 45% in the last three games in the first quarter, and against Memphis, they took only one shot at the rim in the first five minutes of the game (the Grizzlies had already taken nine shots in the paint).,There’s a departure here from the culture the Lakers established last season, when they were the wire-to-wire leaders in the Western Conference and smashed opponents in games even when they didn’t have James or Davis available.,But getting behind early also seems to engage some of the Lakers’ best players, including James, who started Friday’s game as ugly as anyone.,JAMES, KUZMA GET FLOP WARNINGS
The league officially warned James and Kuzma after both players flopped during Friday night’s game in plays involving Dillon Brooks.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones didn't hold back in the aftermath of the Crimson Tide's 52-24 dismantling of Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.,They had won 16 in a row dating back to the 2019 season, and then the bottom fell out in consecutive losses by a total of 41 points to Clemson in the ACC championship game and Alabama in the CFP semifinal.,That loss likely kept the Sooners from making their fifth College Football Playoff appearance in the past six years, but they finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, including a 55-20 rout of Florida in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.,The Wildcats played Ohio State tough in the Big Ten championship game before losing 22-10 and then put an impressive bow on the season with a 35-19 win over Auburn in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.,They beat Georgia and played Alabama down to the final minutes in the SEC championship game, but had trouble stopping teams on defense all season and lost their last three games, including a 55-20 setback to Oklahoma in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.