Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis will return to the roster on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs if there are no setbacks in his pre-game warm-up. according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Davis has not played since December 16, when he developed a stress reaction in his right leg and also suffered a broken bone spur. According to McMenamin, Davis will have a 20-24 minute limit.
Davis was arguably playing the best basketball of his career before he got injured. He averages 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game for the Lakers, but more importantly, he managed to pull them out of the bottom of the standings after they started the season 2-10. From the moment LeBron James got injured, Davis led the Lakers to a 9-6 record right up until his injury. During that stretch, he averaged about 33 points per game, excluding the two games he left early.
Davis played for the Lakers when James was out, but since Davis lost, LeBron has paid him back. Assuming Davis returns on Wednesday, the Lakers will go 11-10 and remain on the hunt for a 22-26 game. James has averaged approximately 34 points per game since Davis lost. Key players Austin Reeves and Lonnie Walker IV were also injured during this stretch, but James played so well it didn’t matter.
James and Davis have individually looked to be the best players in the NBA for many stretches of the season. Now they are going to play together again. The last time they did it together in a full season, the Lakers won the championship. They have a long way to go to reach that level again, but if it does, it now looks like it will start on Wednesday against San Antonio.