After one of the better overall games of the season, the Lakers experienced more good-Ish vibes in the form of news on Anthony Davis. The all-star big man has been sidelined with a mid-foot sprain since February 16th. The injury was the result of an awkward landing, just 10 games into a return from a sprained MCL.
Davis is out of the walking boot that he sported after the diagnosis. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided more updates on his status going into this week:
“His walking boot is off, and I’m told this week the next step for him is he’ll get on the court and start to do some stationary shooting. And they still, with 16 games left for the Lakers and the toughest schedule left in the league, the expectation is that they can still hang on to the play-in and get in the postseason and they can have Anthony Davis back.”
The news comes right on time from AD’s initial re-evaluation timeline of four weeks. The Brow is also getting in some light action tomorrow (h/t @CooperHalpern):
AD will be “spot shooting” on the court tomorrow per Vogel, and will adjust according to how the foot feels
— Cooper Halpern (@CooperHalpern) March 13, 2022
Davis went on to confirm tomorrow’s start of ramping up and described where he stands with his injury, per Lakers reporter Mike Trudell:
Anthony Davis, speaking to us for the first time since his foot injury, said he’s starting to “Feel good … the swelling has definitely decreased … Got cleared today to do some shooting tomorrow. So I’m getting there.” He said the main thing the last month was reducing swelling.
The Lakers sit at prime position to compete for the last spot in the playoffs. If they can add Davis to the extraordinary play of LeBron James, a sliver of hope exist. James had his second 50-point game in three contests to take the NBA lead in scoring at 29.7 points per game. Davis is averaging 23.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season.
As mentioned, Davis has been hampered with injury all year. He’s played in 37 of the team’s 66 games this season. It’s a theme that has unfortunately continued from last year’s title defense. Davis only played in four playoff games before both a sprained knee and groin injury ended his year. If the Lakers are going to end their year on a high note, a rare healthy streak between James, Davis, and Russell Westbrook needs to commence immediately upon his clearance.