After approximately 3 months missed, Lakers’ star forward/center Anthony Davis will return to the starting lineup, he revealed in his most recent press conference.
Davis hasn’t played for Los Angeles since February 14th — the day he anticipated a torn Achilles. He described it as a “sharp pain with a “ripping” sensation, noting he had never felt that variety of pain before.
“I knew it was something serious. It wasn’t as serious as it could have been, but it was still a pretty significant injury,” Davis commented. The team, fortunately, diagnosed the star with a calf strain and Achilles’ tendinosis.
Los Angeles has gone 14-16 since Davis’ absence. Accompanied by LeBron James’ ankle injury, L.A. has fallen from No. 2 to No. 5 in the Western Conference Standings.
Davis will start on Tuesday with a limit of 15 minutes in his first game back, versus Dallas. Davis stated he feels “100 percent,” but expects to ease into L.A.’s upcoming games — regaining his conditioning.
“It’s going to be my job to try to help the team stay afloat until he comes back as well and stay fighting,” Davis said. “But this team has done more than we can ask for.” Davis will look to assist Los Angeles before LeBron James returns — staying above the play-in tournament standings.
Ahead of Thursday’s game vs. Dallas, Anthony Davis will face Mavs’ forward Kristaps Porzingis. Davis has averaged 32.4 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks versus Porzingis. The Dallas stretch forward will have defensive trouble against Davis in a limited 15-minute match-up.