Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers believe star's thumb injury is just a sprain, per report

The regular season hasn't even started yet, but the Los Angeles Lakers are already dealing with injury issues. 

First, there's Kyle Kuzma, who has been sidelined since suffering a stress fracture in his foot while playing with Team USA over the offseason, and now there's Anthony Davis, who left the Lakers preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets in China on Saturday with a sprained right thumb. 

The good news, however, is that according to a report from The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Lakers don't believe Davis suffered any ligament damage. He will undergo an MRI on Monday as a precaution after a flight delay prevented the team from returning to Los Angeles until early Sunday morning, according to Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group, but the team is treating the injury as a Grade 1 sprain. 

Davis suffered the injury during the first half of the contest after swatting at the ball. Though he initially stayed in the game, Davis ultimately checked out of the contest and did not return. He finished the game with six points on 2-for-7 shooting to go along with three rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 12 minutes of action. 

Though Davis may still be forced to miss some, or all, of the Lakers' remaining preseason games, the hope is obviously that the injury isn't too serious, and that Davis will be good to go when the Lakers open up the regular season against the Clippers on Oct. 22. 

Michael Kaskey-Blomain covers the NBA for CBS Sports. He has covered the league in some capacity since 2009 for a variety of outlets including Philly.com, ESPN 97.3, and 247 Sports. Michael hails from... Full Bio

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