With two preseason games remaining until the start of the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers may be receiving some reinforcements from the injury list.
Anthony Davis participated in practice on Tuesday, the Lakers’ first one since he injured his right thumb in the team’s second game in China last week. There was some worry that Davis would miss significant time with the injury but an MRI on Monday revealed that he did not suffer any ligament damage. Davis declared that he would like to play in the Lakers’ game on Wednesday against the Warriors but that he would have to see how his injury responds to Tuesday’s practice.
Meanwhile, the Lakers could get Quinn Cook back on Wednesday as well. The former Warriors point guard has not appeared in a game for the Lakers this preseason, yet, as he has been nursing a sore calf. Like Davis, Cook’s status has been updated to being a game-time decision. The Lakers have used the likes of Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso as point guards in Cook’s absence. While he is not guaranteed a major role in the rotation, seeing what the former NBA champion can do in preseason will help coach Frank Vogel make a decision on the point guard position.
In related news, LeBron James is expected to return to the court for the team after sitting out of Monday’s contest to rest. It’s unclear how much he will play; the star forward was on the court for just 12 minutes in the final game in China. Kyle Kuzma, meanwhile, has been cleared for non-contact practice and is considered day-to-day with his foot injury.