Thursday, May 26, 2022

Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star set to return, upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. Nets

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has been out since Dec. 17 after suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee, and after more than a month out, he is finally closing in on a return. On Monday afternoon, the Lakers upgraded Davis to probable for Tuesday’s game at the Brooklyn Nets. He was considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s loss to the Miami Heat, but now, it appears as though he is truly ready to play again for a Lakers team that desperately needs him.

Davis’ return will be a major boost for the Lakers, who currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference with a 23-24 record, as the team has struggled mightily in his absence. In his 10th NBA season, Davis is averaging 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and two blocks per game, though he’s shooting just 18 percent from 3-point range — his lowest mark since the 2014-15 season.

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While L.A.’s offense has sustained itself due to an MVP-caliber performance from LeBron James and the emergence of role players such as Malik Monk, the defense has suffered greatly in Davis’ latest stint on the injured list. His versatility and rim protection have both been missed. 

With Russell Westbrook’s name popping up in trade rumors amid a horrific shooting slump and James being pushed to his limits in his 19th NBA season, Davis will be a welcome re-addition to a Lakers team hoping to live up to its status as preseason favorites after a disappointing first half of the year.

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