Lakers fans are getting some early Christmas presents, as it has now been reported from Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin of ESPN that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are expected to play Christmas Day. The matchup should be set between the two pairs of superstars, as the Lakers will be taking on Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Reporting with @McTen: Stars are aligned for Lakers-Clippers on Christmas Day. Lakers conducted impromptu practice this morning and LeBron James (groin) and Anthony Davis (knee) are expected to play vs. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at 8 PM ET on ABC.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 24, 2019
It should be noted that Wojnarowski listed LeBron James’ groin and not his thoracic muscle strain. It was reported earlier this week that LeBron’s groin may be bothering him, and this basically confirms it. As for Anthony Davis, he sustained his knee injury in Sunday’s loss against the Denver Nuggets. He left the game momentarily but came back to play a part of the fourth quarter.
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The Los Angeles Lakers and their two superstars are dealing with their first round of the injury bug already, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both dealing with some ailments.
With the marquee matchup on Christmas Day between the Lakers and Clippers only two days away, the two Lakers superstars have officially been designated as “questionable” to appear in the game. LeBron James is dealing with the thoracic (back) muscle strain that caused him to miss Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, while Anthony Davis is dealing with a sore right knee that he appeared to tweak in that game that LeBron missed.
Neither participated in practice today, Vogel said, though both were on the sidelines when we were let in.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) December 23, 2019
As stated above, the Lakers will especially be hoping for LeBron’s return on Christmas, as the team looked out-of-sorts in their first game this season without him. The Lakers ultimately lost 128-104 against the Nuggets on Sunday, as they seemed to be in dire need of a playmaker throughout the contest. To add insult to (literal) injury, as the Nuggets were pulling away, Davis appeared to go to the bench with a knee injury from a play where he came down awkward. The Lakers’ staff worked on his knee towards the end of the third quarter, before he came back in the fourth quarter. He appeared to be limping for most of the time, and even seemed to aggravate it again, as all of Laker Nation screamed at their TVs for Frank Vogel to take him out.
We will have to see if the two players’ injury designations trend more positively between now and the Christmas game in two days. However, them both being “questionable” is not a good sign for their statuses.
It’ll be a shame if either of the two can’t play, let alone both of them, as the Clippers will be seemingly at full strength with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in arguably the most anticipated NBA regular-season game of the year.
Stay updated with LeBron and Davis’ statuses with us, as we will be sure to provide any updates when possible.