The Los Angeles Lakers finally received some good news on Friday night. Not only did they break their four-game losing streak with a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they also received a promising update on Anthony Davis. The team announced that the big man was re-examined on Friday and cleared to “advance his on-court work.”
Davis has not played since February 16th with what the Lakers called a calf strain. Earlier in February, Davis missed two games with Achilles soreness, seemingly re-aggravating it in his second game back. The Lakers have won just six of their 18 games without their defensive player of the year candidate, though many of those games also came without the likes of LeBron James, Dennis Schroder and Marc Gasol as the team has battled injuries.
The Lakers clearly desperately miss Davis, as well as their other star, but they have also seemingly been very cautious with this injury due to the risk of re-injury. Davis could still be out for a few more weeks as he builds up his strength and conditioning.
In the meantime, the Lakers have been linked to free-agent bigs like Andre Drummond and LaMarcus Aldridge who can sop up some minutes in the frontcourt at least until Davis returns and perhaps even after that. Thankfully, judging by Friday’s announcement, that time could come pretty soon.