Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is expected to return to the team on Monday night against the Indiana Pacers. according to Dave McMenamin. Davis was not involved in the Lakers’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, though it seems like that was more of a precaution than anything else.
“It was just back to back, the load he carried, especially with [LeBron James] It’s the smart and right thing to do,” Lakers head coach Darwin Ham said Saturday. “We don’t want to put pressure on him at the beginning of the season. And when you talk about different muscles and ligaments, it can easily turn into a problem for a whole year. To avoid this, we don’t want to create additional load on this area.
“The doctors decided that this was the right thing to do, and I completely agree.”
Injuries have become a major problem for Davis in recent times as he has only played 76 games in the past two seasons due to multiple illnesses. However, he has avoided any major issues this season so far. Prior to missing Saturday, he only missed one game all season and that was due to a non-COVID illness.
Finally healthy and able to find rhythm, Davis looks like one of the best big men in the league again. He averages 26.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.8 shots (interception plus blocks) per game while shooting 57% from the field. He’s been especially impressive over the past two weeks, helping the Lakers get back on track after a disastrous 2-10 start.
With LeBron James out of the roster for most of that stretch with adductor strain, Davis put the Lakers on his back to seal this hot 5-1 streak. Davis played in five of those games and averaged 33. 4 points, 17.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. In the only game they lost to the Phoenix Suns,with 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals and five blocks.
Davis’ return will be key for the Lakers as they return home and welcome the unexpected Pacers to town. Led by Tyrese Halliburton and longtime Lakers goal Myles Turner, the Pacers have won seven of their last 10 games and are fourth in the Eastern Conference.