Anthony Davis to officially return vs. Nets

Anthony Davis to officially return vs. Nets

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Anthony Davis to officially return vs. Nets

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Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Anthony Davis returns but it is LeBron’s 33 that powers Lakers past Nets nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/ant…11:30 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
This steal on DeAndre Bembry was when I thought, “OK, Anthony Davis looks like himself out there.” pic.twitter.com/zQWbj7Igrs11:30 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Interesting how AD liked the Lakers’ five-out offense with Melo and LeBron screening: “I tried to do the same thing. It’s the first game back, not trying to get too many isos or force up shots. Try to screen, roll and put guys in position where the entire team can be successful.” – 11:16 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
AD on LeBron’s offensive explosion while he was out: “It’s fun to watch. … He gets in this zones where he gets in kill mode.” – 10:52 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron on his general approach on defense, and with steals: “I’ve never been a gambler, I’ve always tried to be as solid as possible.”
That said, if he sees a clear opportunity, he’ll go, especially if he has more rim protection behind him, like AD. – 10:49 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD said that for the most part, he was “Trying to get the pain to go away” as he worked through rehab. He felt that he was ahead of pace as he progressed. Eventually, he felt “very comfortable” after the pregame 2-on-2 in Miami (Bazemore, DJ, Ellington), and knew he was ready. – 10:46 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on how ready he feels to help this team: “I feel ready. … I was ready enough to go tonight.” – 10:42 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook on AD, who played limited minutes, but…
“It’s definitely different with his presence out there.”
This was just the 16th game that LeBron, AD and Westbrook played together, and many of those were with LAL playing a traditional center. – 10:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook on Anthony Davis: “It’s definitely different with his presence out there, especially on the defensive end.” – 10:06 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Vogel on Anthony Davis’ rhythm tonight: “I didn’t think there was a moment other than a couple finishes at the rim … that he looked out of sync. He looked really good, and those little finishes will come.” – 10:01 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel believes Anthony Davis “really changed things” for the team defensively tonight.
AD finished with 4 blocks. – 9:59 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel said there’s going to be a build up in terms of minutes as these next few games come for AD (24 tonight), but they really felt his presence tonight in his first game after 17 missed, particularly at the rim (4 blocks). – 9:59 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Different energy from the Lakers tonight, 106-96 over the Nets…
-Lebron 33pts 7rebs 6ast 3stls 2bks
-Monk 22pts 5rebs
-Russ 15pts 6rebs 4ast
-Melo 13pts 2stls
-AD 8pts 4blks
2-1 on Road Trip…Next up, Joel Embiid & the Sixers on Thursday
@ESPNLosAngeles9:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Lakers beat the Nets 106-93. LeBron James put on a show, James Harden didn’t get enough help and Anthony Davis did some things in his return. The Nets host the Nuggets tomorrow. – 9:47 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Lakers 106, Nets 96
The Lakers improve to 24-24 and 14-14 with Anthony Davis in the lineup. LeBron James finished with 33 points (14-21 FGs), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. AD had 8 points and 3 blocks in 25 minutes.
Up next: at Philadelphia on Thursday. – 9:45 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers win 106-96 to improve to 2-1 on six-game roadie. LeBron 33p on 14-of-21 7r 6a 3s 2b; Monk 22p on 6-of-12 from 3; Westbrook 15p on 7-of-14 6r 4a 5tos; Melo 13p; AD 8p 2r 2a 4b in 25 mins; Reaves 5r 6a; THT 0p on 0-of-6. – 9:44 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
It hasn’t been a perfect return for Anthony Davis, but the Lakers have looked all night like a team more confident and, frankly, relieved just from having him back. AK – 9:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD back in, with LAL up 13, 4:23 left. He’d be at around 26 minutes if he closes it out. – 9:35 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Joel Embiid tonight:
✅ 42 PTS
✅ 14 REB
✅ 4 BLK
Embiid has recorded at least 35p/10r in each of his last four games.
The only other players to record at least four such games in a row since the ABA-NBA merger are Karl Malone (5 in a row), Shaquille O’Neal, and Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/8PgXj3KG6W9:32 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Anthony Davis returns, watch him finish alley-oop from LeBon on first play nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/ant…9:25 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD’s played 22 minutes thus far, towards 8 points, 2 assists, 2 boards and 4 blocks. LAL up 12 as LeBron returns at the 10:00 mark of the 4th Q.
We’ll see if AD returns for the final few minutes in his first game back after missing 17. – 9:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers challenge Anthony Davis’ fifth foul, and it’s successful. Pretty good get by Vogel. – 9:18 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel challenged the 2nd 3-point foul LAL have been whistled for this half, this one called on AD, with Mills shooting quickly off a screen.
If it’s not overturned, it’ll be AD’s 5th foul, with 3 FT’s for Mills. LAL currently lead by 14. – 9:16 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Lakers 92, Nets 78
The Lakers’ withstood the Nets’ third-quarter blows and closed the quarter well to extend their lead. LeBron James has 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Malik Monk has 22 points. Anthony Davis has 8 points (3-7 FGs), 1 rebound and 3 blocks. – 9:15 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Lakers 92, Nets 78 heading to the fourth quarter.
LeBron James with 27 points, Malik Monk with 22 points, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony with 11 points each and Anthony Davis with 8 points in 20 minutes so far in his return. – 9:12 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Strong half for the Lakers, 62-53 over the Nets…Lebron 15pts 6rebs 4ast…Monk with 16pts…AD with 8pts and 3blks – 8:30 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
LeBron James looks very excited to have AD back. He’s really bringing a ton of energy on defense, flying around in rotations and defending the post. – 8:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden has 18 of the Nets’ 37 points, but against a team without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Lakers have more firepower.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Malik Monk and Anthony Davis have scored 36 points alone, and the Lakers have a 47-37 lead here in Q2. – 8:14 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Not insignificant: The Lakers managed to play a few minutes without LeBron or AD, and the world didn’t collapse. AK – 7:59 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Lakers 33, Nets 25
The Lakers have played with more juice with Anthony Davis back, getting out in transition (10 fast break points) and to the rim (18 points in the paint). AD made his impact felt early, scoring 6 points on 2-of-3 shooting. LeBron has 8 points. – 7:59 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers lead 33-25 at the end of Q1…Lebron 8pts 3ast 3rebs…AD 6pts 3blks… – 7:57 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden just lulled Anthony Davis to sleep then hit a step back 3 with Davis’ hand basically on his elbow. Harden has 11 points and has powered the Nets to an early 15-12 lead over the Lakers. – 7:41 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have only been on the floor together for 23 of LAL’s last 97 games, including the playoffs.
That tells the story of how these two seasons have gone more than anything else. – 7:37 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD didn’t wait long to announce his return to the lineup, as he hammered home an alley-oop from LeBron on the first possession here at Brooklyn.
Moments later, he drilled a long two. – 7:34 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Anthony Davis is back I see 👀 – 7:33 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
AD didn’t take long to show he’s physically back, – 7:33 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Just :18 into his return AD making the #Nets feel him – 7:33 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
First Lakers basket comes on a dunk by Anthony Davis. – 7:32 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
We’re a few seconds away from tipoff here at Barclays Center, where LeBron James just threw his powder into the air, to the delight of the crowd. You can tell he’s in his element tonight, as Anthony Davis returns to the Lakers lineup. LeBron is about to put on a show. – 7:32 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
AD is back and immediately in the starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/AAR3OzWB6U7:07 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Love the starting lineup for the Lakers…
Lebron, AD, Stanley, Avery and Russ – 7:05 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Anthony Davis is officially back. pic.twitter.com/xCIbW6jv4f7:01 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Frank Vogel says Lakers realized there wasn’t going to be time to get Anthony Davis 5-on-5 practice work to build back up conditioning. He’ll do it in games starting tonight in Brooklyn. – 6:43 PM
Chiney Ogwumike @chiney
This isn’t just a squad… @McDAAG is a FAMILY! 💯🔥
Shoutout to @DariannaBuggs22 @Wallace_Cason @Timea_Gardiner @Gradey_Dick, Ashlyn Watkins and the Class of ‘22!
I’ll see y’all on the floor real soon. #ad pic.twitter.com/iKHVkzx3zk6:36 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Does AD turnaround the Laker Season? – 6:29 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on AD: ” we are still viewing these first few games as not out of the woods yet. This is going to be his reconditioning phase. He’s gonna do it in games. And there might be some stretches where he’s out of sync and out of rhythm. We’re expecting that.” – 6:22 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Anthony Davis will start tonight, as expected. He has no hard minutes limit, but Vogel said they’ll be mindful of his work load. – 6:03 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis: “We missed his defensive versatility and his length at the basket.” – 6:03 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
“He’s in,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said about Anthony Davis playing tonight vs. Nets. – 6:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel confirms the Yahoo report that Anthony Davis will play tonight:
“He’s in.” – 6:02 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Anthony Davis returning to the lineup tonight in Brooklyn, Frank Vogel confirms. – 6:02 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says of Anthony Davis: “He’s in.” – 6:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Frank Vogel confirms Anthony Davis is playing tonight. – 6:02 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis is playing tonight, per Frank Vogel. – 6:02 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel confirms that Anthony Davis will make his return tonight against the Nets. – 6:02 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star to return on a minutes restriction Tuesday vs. Nets
cbssports.com/nba/news/antho…6:01 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash says Claxton is back tonight. Big boost for the Nets — especially with AD coming back for the Lakers. – 5:51 PM
Sharife Cooper @SharifeCooper
yoooo @Coop__10 @_chrisliv24 @ayannap34 @gvanslooten40 an J.J starling ! wanted to extend a big congrats to u guys for making the @McDAAG game. i remember how excited i was !!! it’s y’all turn now, show em what you made of ! 💪🏽 #ad pic.twitter.com/swOIBHCg1Q5:12 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, some pregame listening. Today’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! What to watch for with Anthony Davis’ return, on the court and moving forward, plus the latest chatter about a Westbrook/Wall 2.0 trade. Does this make sense for the Lakers?
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ant…4:36 PM
James Harden @JHarden13
It’s my honor to announce @OnlyJWalsh @tyesouthside @ju1ianphillips @NIVAR_2022 @dariq_whitehead have been selected to play in the 2022 @McDAAG keep chasing your dreams! #ad pic.twitter.com/fT9IA3IaaY4:31 PM

Anthony Edwards @theantedwards_
We celebrating tonight! These hoopers are going to @McDAAG 2022: @Mark_mitchell25 @D1_Ruby2 @iamKijaniWright @Ashlon3Jackson @_CamWhitmore_. It’s your time now, go get it. #ad pic.twitter.com/KtLtrvDXB74:31 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: NYK/CLE; Trade Teams Posturing w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDC9m6F pic.twitter.com/8Z8t5dhsAF2:00 PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
So to wrap it up:
#Cheifs #Bills 42.7 million viewers
#Rams #Bucs 40 million viewers
#49ers #Packers 36.9 million
#Bengals #Titans 30.7 million
Total ad spend around those 4 #NFL playoff games roughly $178 million (via EDO)
#Sports #Business
cnb.cx/3tZkZbO1:47 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: NYK/CLE; Trade Teams Posturing w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDC9m6F pic.twitter.com/VVSJeCndk911:00 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Tuesday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss Anthony Davis’ probable return tonight, how his presence affects the Lakers, LeBron and the trade deadline. (Speaking of which… new “Russ for Wall” rumors!) #FirstListen @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ant…10:47 AM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: NYK/CLE; Trade Teams Posturing w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDC9m6F pic.twitter.com/Od80OjvV2j8:00 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, Monday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discussed the Lakers’ loss in Miami, whether they’re struggling more with effort or execution, and Anthony Davis’ impending return. @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…9:59 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Can Anthony Davis salvage the Lakers’ season? I discuss that topic & more on the state of the Lakers with @LAJohnHartung & @Mike Bresnahan. Tune into @SpectrumSN at 7 pm PT! – 9:12 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
‘Lakers Talk’ starts tonight at 7p…
-Can Anthony Davis save the Lakers season?
-Any realistic trades the Lakers can make?
-LakeShow vs teams above .500, just 6-12…Of the final 35 games, 20 vs teams at .500 or above
Guest: @Jovan Buha of the @TheAthletic
@ESPNLosAngeles pic.twitter.com/SmSgzz3GV29:03 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Anthony Davis is now probable to make his return tomorrow against the Brooklyn Nets. Here’s three implications of his comeback, and how they help the Lakers: ocregister.com/2022/01/24/lak…8:06 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Lakers: Anthony Davis probable to return vs. Nets tomorrow nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/24/lak…6:24 PM

More on this storyline

Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis is expected to play tomorrow at Brooklyn, and is listed as “probable.” Davis looked good playing 2-on-2, full speed, before the game at Miami, and clearly responded well to it. -via Twitter @LakersReporter / January 24, 2022

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