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Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers hoping big man can return before All-Star break, per report

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been missing Anthony Davis for a month, and his absence is starting to show. After winning five games in a row without Davis, they lost their last three, two of which were heartbreaking due to controversial late-game calls. Given their limited depth and other injuries they are currently dealing with, the Lakers need Davis to get back on the court as quickly as possible if they are going to secure a spot in the postseason.

Fortunately, the news about Davis and his recovery continues to be positive. Last week, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Davis was preparing for the resumption of the game, and now, Shams Charania from Athletic reports that the Lakers are hoping Davis can return for a few games before the All-Star break. According to Charania, Davis is going to start running now and then move on to contact work. It was hoped that Davis could play a few games before the break.

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The All-Star break will begin on Thursday, February 16. A week earlier, there’s another key date on the NBA calendar: the February 9 trade deadline. In an ideal world, the Lakers would like to bring him back sooner so they can see what their entire healthy team looks like before deciding whether to make a deal or not. Even if Davis returns after this, he could help integrate the new players the Lakers would acquire if he returned before the All-Star break.

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Davis played arguably the best basketball of his career before he got injured. He averaged 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, leading the Lakers 2–10 from the start in the play-in race. But after leading the Lakers for the first two months of the season, Davis suffered a stress foot injury. He also said that he was dealing with a bone spur, which may have existed since his college days in Kentucky.

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All in all, the Lakers are likely to be cautious. If several missed games in February mean Davis’ health in April, the Lakers are likely to make that compromise. However, the news is still positive, so if he continues to recover as planned, don’t be surprised to see Davis in Lakers uniform sooner rather than later.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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