It has been over two months since Anthony Davis last stepped on a basketball court for the Los Angeles Lakers. Fortunately, that long spell on the sidelines due to a calf and achilles injury is set to be over.
On Wednesday, Davis announced to the media that he feels “100 percent healthy” and that he expects to be in the lineup to face the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, so long as he continues to feel well after practices and shootarounds. Davis detailed that the injury was a unique pain that set him off on its seriousness back in February and that he was originally set to make a return after just four weeks but did not feel healthy enough.
Asked about the team’s performance with him and LeBron James off the court for the past few weeks, Davis said that they have done “more than we can ask for.”
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told the media that Davis will initially be on a 15 minute limit as they ramp up his activity and get him back in shape. If Davis does make his return against the Mavs on Thursday, that will give him a maximum of 14 remaining games to get back into shape and accustomed to playing with his teammates before the postseason begins. Davis has averaged 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 23 appearances this season.
The Lakers visit the Mavs on Thursday at 6:30 PM Pacific Time. The game will be aired on TNT, nationally.