Lakers' Anthony Davis out against Timberwolves
Lakers' Anthony Davis in the second half against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday at the Staples Center. (Ringo H. W. Chiu / Associated Press)
The Lakers will do without Star Center Anthony Davis on Sunday night against Minnesota due to a calf strain, said coach Frank Vogel.
Following Sunday's shootaround, Vogel said the team wanted to be careful with Davis' right calf, which he injured in the season opener against the Clippers and worsened in the third quarter against Dallas over Christmas.
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"Well, we just want to be responsible for it," said Vogel. "... We want to use our depth and deal intelligently with this injury."
Davis was able to stay in the game when the Lakers beat the Mavericks.
Sunday's game against Minnesota marks the start of the Lakers' first back-to-back game of the season. While the team has announced that it will take on the burden it is putting on its stars, there is no set plan for how the team will deal with back-to-back games.
Vogel said LeBron James should play Sunday and Monday nights from now on.
The Lakers receive Portland on Monday evening at the Staples Center in the second half of the back-to-back. Minnesota, Sunday's opponent, played in Utah on Saturday night.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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