Lakers Insider Floats Conspiracy Theory That Team Could Hide Anthony Davis Concussion Ahead Of Game 6

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The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a playoff run that has many NBA fans surprised.

Following a mediocre, injury riddled regular season, Los Angeles snuck into the NBA playoffs via the play-in tournament. They then easily dispatched of the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in six games before taking a surprising 3-1 series lead on the Golden State Warriors.

But now it may be on the verge of all falling apart.

Superstar big man Anthony Davis has been excellent in the postseason. Davis is averaging 21.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game over the two series according to StatMuse.

But in LA’s Game 5 loss to the Warriors, Davis was forced to leave the game early after catching an elbow to the head from Golden State’s Kevon Looney.

Davis reportedly felt woozy and was eventually taken off the court in a wheelchair, a fact that Inside the NBA hosts Shaquille O’Neal and Charley Barkley then mocked. Their mockery drew the ire of fans.

Should Davis miss Game 6, or perhaps a potential Game 7 as well, things get a lot more difficult for the Lakers.

But not all hope is lost.

Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report and TNT reported Thursday morning that Davis is expected to play in Game 6.

The news surprised fans who expected Davis to miss more time with a concussion.

Therein lies the the catch.

The Lakers have not actually called Davis’ injury a concussion, despite symptoms that appear to indicate that. LA Times beat reporter Dan Woike noted that the team was “intentionally vague” regarding its language surrounding Davis’ injury.

That sparked fans to believe that LA could be covering up a potential concussion in order to get Davis back in the lineup.

Some even compared the situation to that of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Davis must enter the NBA’s concussion protocol if the team determines he did, in fact, suffer a concussion.

The NBA’s polict outlines the steps required for a player to return to participation. Within these steps is an exertion process of physical activity, which a player cannot begin until 24 hours after sustaining the concussion.

With Game 6 set for 10 p.m. ET on Friday, May 12, it’s hard to see how Davis would be able to play if diagnosed with a concussion.

Though if he does not have a concussion, or if one is not diagnosed, the policy does not apply.

Either way, the Lakers have a major decision to make regarding the superstar.