UPDATE: Anthony Davis says he plans to play Thursday against Clippers

Anthony Davis
Nov 27, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE (7/29/20):

Although the Lakers’ Anthony Davis missed Tuesday’s practice after getting his eye poked this past Saturday, Davis practiced in full today and told reporters that he plans to play tomorrow against the Clippers.

Original story:

The Los Angeles Lakers finished their third and final exhibition scrimmage on Monday, going 2-1 in the three games in anticipation of the season “opener” on Thursday. The Lakers will be playing their familiar foes, the Los Angeles Clippers, in the fourth game that the two teams have played together. The Clippers have won two, but the Lakers won the most recent game on March 8th, only days before the season was suspended due to COVID-19. Anthony Davis has been a huge factor in all three of the games, but may not be available for Thursday’s game as Frank Vogel says there is “some concern” that he may miss the game entirely (quote reported by Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll).

“Anthony did not practice today. Still dealing with some discomfort in his eye. Continues to be day-to-day…Dwight is still battling some soreness in his knees, he did not do contact today.”

Davis was held out of the final scrimmage on Monday against the Washington Wizards, but this was presumed to be a precaution as LeBron James, Dwight Howard, and Kyle Kuzma were also held out. It was mentioned at the time that Howard and Kuzma both had minor injuries, but it appears that Kuzma’s isn’t a problem anymore but that Howard’s may still be lingering. Either way, it sounds as though that Davis’ is the worst out of all of them. Below you’ll see a picture of Davis sitting out the practice today, provided by Tania Ganguli of the LA Times. Davis was held out of the final scrimmage and the final three quarters of Saturday’s scrimmage after being poked in the eye in the first quarter.

We’ll see if Anthony Davis plays on Thursday, but either way, the main goal should be getting him ready for the playoff games that will start August 17th. If missing a few seeding games will do that, then the Lakers will absolutely do that. Eye injuries can vary from being extremely minor to extremely serious if not vision-threatening. Given the fact that Vogel still classifies Davis as “day-to-day”, we’re hoping it’s not on the latter end of that spectrum. 

Either way, let’s get the man in some Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goggles.

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