After missing two months with a calf injury, Anthony Davis is set to return, as long as the shootaround goes well for the Lakers big man.
For now, he says he feels “100%.” That’s huge news for the Los Angeles Lakers, a team looking to avoid the play-in tournament with just under a month in the season remaining.
Anthony Davis has missed the Lakers' last 30 games. He said today he hopes to make his return Thursday night at Dallas. https://t.co/oYTpASneww— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 21, 2021
LeBron James is still sidelined, but his return in the next few weeks is hopeful as well. If both are healthy for the team’s postseason run, they should easily breeze through the first few rounds.
Davis is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He’s been playing under 33 minutes per game for the first time since his rookie season which is why his numbers are “low” for the four-time All-NBA center.
That said, Davis’ return will help not only the Lakers but the NBA as a whole. Having a top-ten player sidelined on a team that gets what feels like weekly nationally-televised games is a plus.
As for the Lakers without Davis, they were 13-16. Remember many of those games were without LeBron James as well. James has been out for several weeks. The Lakers are surprisingly 5-5 over their last ten which just goes to show their insane accumulation of talent.
At the same time, they aren’t competitive against the top-tier teams without LeBron and Davis in action. This will be Davis’ first matchup with the Mavericks since dropping 28 points in the team’s Christmas Day game.
For his return, it would be smart to temper expectations. While he’s feeling 100 percent, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a minute restriction tied to him as well. Nonetheless, Anthony Davis is back!