White headband and all, Lakers third-year guard Alex Caruso modestly dribbled the ball up the floor Tuesday night against the New York Knicks. As Caruso approached the 3-point line, Knicks forward Kevin Knox lowered his defensive stance. Caruso hesitated, sped around Knox and slammed the ball through the net with a one-handed reverse jam. He stared down his teammates on the Laker bench, flexing his headband.
It’s been that kind of season for the Lakers, who beat the Knicks 117-87 to win their sixth straight game and secure this season’s third homestand sweep.
LA’s 30th victory of the season came at a cost, however. In the third quarter, Anthony Davis rose to block Julius Randle’s shot. Davis fell hard on his backside and remained on the floor surrounded by teammates.
He did not return. X-Rays on Davis’ lower back came back negative and the initial diagnosis is a bruised tailbone, according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel. ESPN reported Davis is set to undergo an MRI Wednesday and that he’s expected to miss the Lakers next two games, a road trip against the Mavericks and Thunder.
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