Anthony Davis has been sidelined for two months now. The team and Lakers fans miss him. Injuries have been a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers all season. Davis was the first member to take a seat and then it spiraled from there. The Lakers have been trying to keep the team in playoff contention with all the injuries.
Davis was originally out 3-4 weeks with his calf strain and tendinosis but that was in February. The team has stressed that they do not want to rush Davis back. The Lakers do not want to throw him back into a game that causes a reinjury. This means that so far, progress for Davis’s return has been slow.
On Thursday, Coach Vogel finally seemed excited to share an update on Davis. Vogel shared that Davis is “cleared for full-contact practice and his return to game action is imminent”. This means that Davis’s return is getting closer.
Vogel said that it is unlikely that Davis would return in the two-game series against the Utah Jazz but he also said that it’s not completely out of the question. While he may return soon, it does not seem like he is going to be playing his regular minute allotment. Like previously mentioned, the Lakers do not want any reinjury. This means that the Lakers will ease Davis back into play depending on how he feels. Before the injury, Davis was averaging 32.8 minutes per game and was being quite efficient within that time.
Most likely in his return, Davis will play on limited minutes but this is still a start. The Lakers have been trying their best to win some games without Davis. One good sign of Davis is that there will be another scorer on the floor. Another positive is that this mean LeBron James and the rest of the injured Lakers may be closer to their own comeback. The Lakers now understand the importance of patience. And it seems like Davis is excited and ready to get back out onto the court.