On Tuesday’s edition of First Take with Max Kellerman, Stephen A. Smith talked about how he has questions regarding Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis are dealing with injuries
Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis are dealing with injuries and have been out for quite some time. Durant hasn’t played since Feb. 13 due to a hamstring injury, while Davis has been out since Feb. 14 after hurting his Achilles versus the Denver Nuggets.
Since Durant is coming back from a torn Achilles tendon, the Nets will be careful with his return. As for Davis, the Lakers aren’t expecting their superstar big man back anytime soon.
In his first season with the Nets, Durant is averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists while shooting 52.4% from the field, 43.4% from beyond the arc, and 86.9% from the free-throw line. Brooklyn has James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Blake Griffin on the roster, so the franchise can afford to play it safe with Durant.
One of the best two-way players in the NBA, Davis is putting up 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks for the Lakers. The Chicago native has an extensive injury history, so LA won’t rush Davis back even though LeBron James recently hurt his ankle.
While he understands that injuries happen in the NBA, Stephen A. Smith is getting suspicious about the extent of Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis’ injuries. In fact, the popular ESPN personality is thinking about getting nosy soon.
Stephen A. Smith has questions about Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis
Stephen A. Smith is getting suspicious since Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis have been out for too long. He’s wondering if the Nets and Lakers are covering something up.
When Durant suffered a calf injury against the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2019 playoffs when he was with the Golden State Warriors, Max Kellerman knew right away that the two-time Finals MVP suffered an Achilles injury despite everyone saying he didn’t. During Game 5 of the 2019 Finals versus the Toronto Raptors, Durant tore his Achilles.
It makes sense for the Lakers and Nets to be conservative with Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, respectively, since the playoffs are more important than the regular season.
However, Stephen A. Smith may have to put on his reporter’s hat again and find out what is really going on since both All-Stars have been out for more than a month.
Will the Lakers and Nets meet in the Finals?
The Lakers aren’t winning the Western Conference unless LeBron James and Anthony Davis are healthy. The Utah Jazz and LA Clippers will beat the Purple and Gold if only one of the future Hall of Famers is playing.
As for the Nets, they could probably win the East with James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Blake Griffin leading the way. However, Kevin Durant needs to be healthy for Brooklyn to win it all.
NBA fans are hopeful that the Lakers and nets will meet in the Finals. However, for that to happen, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis need to get healthy.