Anthony Davis has been one of the most dynamic players in the NBA over the last half a decade, but for the short-term future, the league will be without him.
Davis has been sidelined for a month now, and the Lakers haven’t been the same with him in street clothes and a mask. However, they’ll have to get used to it as new reports are that he’ll be out till April.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Davis is expected to miss at least two more weeks which could result in nine games for the superstar big man. Davis has been out since before the All-Star Weekend and is nursing both tendinosis and a calf strain in his right leg.
Coming off his first NBA Championship, Davis has been playing at an extremely high level. The 6-foot-10 28-year-old is averaging 22.5 points per game while playing a mere 32.8 minutes per game, the second-fewest of his career.
The Lakers are nine points per game better than their opponent with Davis on the court this season, and he’s a pillar for their success as we saw with how the team transformed from missing to the playoff to NBA Champions in his first season with the historic franchise.
Los Angeles is also taking a relatively precautious approach with the big man. Keeping him free of injury for the long-term future while they’re still in playoff position is more important than having him sustain a more debilitating injury just to crack the top eight.
With LeBron James picking up the pace as Davis sits on the sidelines, the Lakers will be just fine in their quest to repeat. For now, they just need to make sure Davis is 100 percent upon his return.