Lakers' Davis day-to-day with groin strain

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is day-to-day after he suffered a strained left groin in the second quarter of the Lakers' 100-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Davis left the game with 48.3 seconds remaining in the second quarter and did not return out of halftime after he missed a layup and landed awkwardly. He was slow to get up, grasping his groin area while play continued on the other end of the court and left the game with Kyle Kuzma coming on in replacement.

Los Angeles was outscored in the third quarter 27-15 with Davis out of the lineup and trailed Phoenix 81-65 to start the fourth quarter. The Suns maintained the lead and reclaimed home-court advantage over the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

The eight-time All-Star has an uncertain timeline for returning to the court and is considered day-to-day.

"You know, he's one of the best players in the world, so you have to adjust," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "And I thought we gave great effort trying to overcome that loss, but it certainly wasn't enough."

Vogel cited Davis' knee injury he suffered in Game 3 and said details on the groin injury would be available after further medical evaluation.

"He's undergoing further medical evaluation and we'll have more information tomorrow," Vogel said. "He was saying that his knee was sore, but that there was no way he was not going to play," Vogel added. "I thought he gave a heck of a run at it trying to compete through pain."

LeBron James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in the Lakers' loss and stated he is ready for the challenge if Davis is unavailable in Game 5.

"For me, it's putting our team in position to be successful," James said. "It starts with my approach, my accountability, trickles down to everybody else. So, you know, these shoulders are built for a reason. If it takes for me to put some more on top of it, then so be it. Win, lose or draw, I'm ready for the challenge."

Davis bounced back after only 13 points in Game 1 and averaged 34 points and 10.5 rebounds in the Lakers' two wins this series. He was listed as questionable for Game 4 with a knee sprain and scored only six points on nine shots as he dealt with the injury.

The four-time All-NBA selection and four-time All-Defensive selection averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals for the regular season but appeared in only 36 of a possible 72 games due to issues with his calf and Achilles tendon.

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 and returns to Phoenix Suns Arena with Game 5 scheduled for Tuesday.