Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis said his plan is to play tomorrow night at Portland. He said his back feels better now after getting treatment on it during the game.
Kyle Goon: Anthony Davis says the right ankle he tweaked is "fine, it wasn't bothering me." He says of the back spasms that held him out, he says he's feeling better and thinks he should be good to go tomorrow.
Aaron Rose: Anthony Davis is still probable for tonight's game. LeBron James remains questionable. No Raptors injury report until 5:30
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis is officially questionable to play against the Mavericks tomorrow. Full Lakers injury report: pic.twitter.com/1zIGNVWCn9
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis says he will make his return tomorrow in Dallas, so long as he continues to feel well.
Marc Stein: The Lakers continue to list Anthony Davis as out for Monday’s home date with Utah. So Davis’ return to the lineup likely comes Thursday or Saturday in Dallas against a Mavs team that has lost four straight at home ... including tonight after the Kings had lost nine in a row. pic.twitter.com/76TPnvFZ7w
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers have officially ruled out Anthony Davis on Monday vs. UTA, which means his return will likely come on the road with the Lakers having an upcoming four-game trip starting Thursday in Dallas.
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said it’s “unlikely” that Anthony Davis plays in Monday’s game against Utah, but they’ll “see where he’s at” presumably after he gets some more work in tomorrow at the practice facility.
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis will be re-evaluated by team doctors in L.A. this week and could return to play in the next 10 to 14 days and LeBron James could be right behind him, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Davis, out since Feb. 14 with a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg, will be examined on Thursday after the Lakers return from their current five-game, East Coast road trip, sources said.
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Thursday when the Lakers return to L.A. and could return to play in the next 7-10 days, reports @Adrian Wojnarowski on @NBACountdown
Anthony Davis has missed the past 22 games because of persistent Achilles’ tendon discomfort and an adjacent calf strain. There is some hope within the organization that he will return to the lineup after the Lakers’ five-game Eastern Conference swing underway, but any injury that involves the Achilles’ tendon, no matter how purportedly mild, is going to spook people until Davis gets back on the floor. Achilles’ tendon injuries remain the most feared in the sport.
Harrison Faigen: KCP tells @Kyle Goon that AD shot around today and did not participate in practice, but that he looks good. "He's making great progress. We were just joking with him that he should play five minutes tomorrow... He says he's feeling good."
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel says LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be with the team on their road trip. Also said AD is still "a ways away" from returning and LeBron remains "out indefinitely," so no new updates there.
Dave McMenamin: The latest on what the Lakers are saying about AD: “Anthony Davis was re-examined by team medical staff earlier this evening. He continues to progress in his recovery and has been cleared to advance his on court work. Additional updates will be given when appropriate.”
Team doctors cleared Anthony Davis to begin advancing his on-court work after an evaluation on Friday, nearly six weeks after Davis last played in a game because of a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg, the Los Angeles Lakers announced. This advancement will include "increased volume and intensity in shooting, dribbling and position specific drills," according to a Lakers spokesperson.
However, sources informed Yahoo Sports that Davis could be sidelined for the next three weeks and possibly beyond. The Lakers will be overly cautious in their approach to working Davis back even at the cost of slipping in the standings, which has occurred.
Anthony Davis will be sidelined at least two more weeks because of tendinosis and a calf strain in his right leg, the Los Angeles Lakers said Friday. Davis was examined by team doctors Friday before the Lakers' first game out of the All-Star break against the Indiana Pacers and was cleared to ramp up activity in pursuit of a return, the team said.
Jovan Buha: Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis won’t play tomorrow vs. Indiana and will be reevaluated tomorrow night by the team’s doctors. The Lakers will have an update on Davis’ status tomorrow night.
Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis was re-evaluated by team doctors Thursday night and will be out four weeks, head coach Frank Vogel said. Sources had told ESPN earlier this week that Davis would be re-evaluated in two to three weeks after suffering a calf strain Sunday and would be unlikely to return to the lineup before the NBA's March 5-10 All-Star break
We’ll know more about the severity of Davis’ calf/Achilles injuries in the coming days – he’s set for re-evaluation now that the team is back in Los Angeles – but the general sense from sources is that Davis should be fine with rest that will almost certainly extend through the All-Star break.
“Rich Paul called me this morning, Stephen A., and he told me to make it very, very clear that no one and nobody is going to rush Anthony Davis back, and his health is first,” Perkins said on the Feb. 16 episode of Stephen A. Smith’s show Stephen A’s World. “He even said that if it’s leading up to the first or second week going into the postseason of [AD’s return], then so be it. That’s how long Anthony Davis could be out.”
Ryan Ward: LeBron says "I've been there before" in terms of a star teammate going down referring to AD's injury. Mentioned Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis: "It’s unlikely we bring him back before the break, but we’ll see." Vogel said that Davis will be examined by the Lakers doctors when the team returns; they’ll be cautious with the injury, and he’ll be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Even prior to MRI today, conversation among GM Rob Pelinka, Anthony Davis and agent Rich Paul of @KlutchSports has been to take their time on AD's return to lineup, sources tell ESPN. They'll take another look in two-to-three weeks, yes, but "conservative" is the operative word.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Anthony Davis will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks after suffering a calf strain, source tells ESPN.
As for Davis’ timetable to return after his re-aggravation, Brar thinks the Lakers will factor in how easily Davis tweaked the injury in-game and be more careful. “That can indicate that even though he’s having these positive checks, he is more irritable, more sensitive than you might have thought, which, then, of course, gives you a little bit of pause and you have a more cautious approach this time,” Brar said. “And so I think it’s gonna be multiple weeks.” Multiple weeks would keep Davis out through at least the All-Star break, which ends March 10. The Lakers have nine games between now and when their first half of the season ends on March 3. As long as the MRI doesn’t reveal more serious damage, Brar estimates that a post-All-Star break return would be an adequate recovery for Davis’ potential tenosynovitis.
Based on Davis’ comments from last week about his injury not being to his Achilles tendon but rather the surrounding area, and his relatively quick return, Brar speculates that Davis could have tenosynovitis, which is inflammation of the sheath surrounding the tendon. “That’s a lot easier to handle because it’s just trying to manage the inflammation and irritation in that area,” Brar told The Athletic. “Whereas if there’s actual tendonosis, and breakdown of the tendon, then it can be a little bit more sensitive, and you’re worried about the actual structure of the tendon.”
The MRI results will dictate the next steps of Davis’ rehab. The term “strain” is more of a catch-all phrase than a diagnosis, Brar says. “There’s no way for them to actually know that until they do imaging,” Brar said. “Yes, they would know if it’s a complete rupture. There’s a test called the Thompson test. But strain, again, sounds very much just like a general term they’re using.” Davis said he plans on being “smarter” with his recovery, including potentially upping his treatment from three times a day to five times a day.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis re-aggravated his right Achilles tendonosis and there's some swelling, source tells ESPN. He will get an MRI on Monday.
Kyle Goon: “If it was a quad or ankle, anything like that, I wouldn’t mind playing. But I just, don’t really want to play around with an Achilles.” Anthony Davis on his injury that has not been deemed serious, but is nonetheless making the Lakers cautious:
Jovan Buha: Anthony Davis said he felt soreness in right calf area starting about two weeks ago. He’s feeling better today: “I feel good. I feel good right now. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and make a decision from there.”
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel won't say whether Anthony Davis will play tomorrow against the Grizzlies. AD went through some "no-contact work" today at practice. Vogel wants to see how he feels before tmw's game to determine his status.
Marc Stein: The Lakers have made it official and rule out Anthony Davis (right Achilles tendinosis) from tonight's game against Oklahoma City
Lakers All-Star big man Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with tendonosis of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced. A league source told ESPN it is "very likely" Davis will miss the Thunder game as a precaution and that Davis, 27, has been managing the discomfort "for a while."
Davis underwent medical imaging on the injury, the source said, which assured the Achilles tendon is in good shape. However, the nine-year veteran has been experiencing tightness in his right leg, causing concern. Davis' points (26.1 to 22.3), rebounds (9.3 to 8.6) and blocks (2.3 to 1.9) are all down from last season, his first in L.A., which he capped with a championship. He has missed three games this season, most recently because of a bruised right quad.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers have upgraded LeBron and AD to probable for tomorrow. They've been questionable the last several games. pic.twitter.com/MP7kXJ6dtk
Jovan Buha: Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow vs. Philadelphia: — LeBron James (left ankle sprain) is questionable. — Anthony Davis (right ankle contusion) is probable. — Jared Dudley (sore right calf) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar tendonitis) are out.
Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis said he jammed his toe on the floor and got X-Rays to make sure everything was fine (which it was). He said it’s a little sore right now, so he’ll get treatment on the plane and tomorrow and see how it feels prior to the game.
Cayleigh Griffin: Jared Dudley is out for LAL with a sore right calf. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James all remain listed as questionable.
Harrison Faigen: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are all questionable again tonight (just like last night) pic.twitter.com/1TKWfHhJGw
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said they’re holding Anthony Davis (calf contusion) out more as a precaution, but it sounds like he may be able to play tomorrow night against Portland, depending upon how he feels. “We hope that he’ll be able to play tomorrow,” he said.
Jovan Buha: Lakers coach Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis (right calf contusion) is out tonight vs. Minnesota.
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis "is going to have some soreness" in his right heel but will still play in Game 6. Vogel expressed confidence AD will play through any pain and rely on adrenaline
Davis, who still managed to score 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in 42 minutes, expressed confidence when asked about his injury outlook for Game 6. "I'll be fine on Sunday," he said. A source familiar with Davis' injury described the bruise to ESPN as "painful" but said "he can tolerate it."
Mark Medina: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis has "some minor soreness," but added "he's good to go" for Game 5 against Denver
Marc J. Spears: Lakers injury report for Game 5: Anthony Davis (sprained left ankle) and Dion Waiters (sore left groin) are questionable. Alex Caruso (sore right wrist), Danny Green (Volar plate injury, left ring finger) and LeBron James (sore right groin) are probable.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both experiencing "some soreness" but that they'll be "good to go." Davis had the ankle thing, and Vogel said LeBron got kneed in the thigh.
Mike Trudell: AD on his ankle: "Ankle feels fine. I got tonight, tomorrow, before the (next) game to get it (better)” … he added that he rolled it “pretty bad, but not too bad … I’ll be fine."
Ben Golliver: Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis (left ankle): "Great toughness. You could see he was in some pain. ... We'll have to see how it responds overnight. ... There's always concern with an injury like that."
Jamie Hudson: Lakers Injury Report for Game 2 on Thursday vs. Blazers: Rajon Rondo (right thumb; surgery) is questionable; Anthony Davis (sore right knee) and LeBron James (sore right groin) are probable.
ShowtimeForum: "Anthony Davis (eye), LeBron James (groin) and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) are probable to play on Saturday against the Raptors." - Via NBA Injury Report #LakeShow #Lakers #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/LEsxX6hB3m
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting from The Bubble on @GetUpESPN: The latest on injuries to Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon. "The Lakers are going to be very conservative about Anthony Davis."
Anthony Davis left the Lakers’ second scrimmage last Saturday after accidentally being poked in the eye by Michael Carter-Williams, and the Laker big man did not return. Then he sat out the Lakers’ third scrimmage Monday for the same reason. Now he could be out for the Lakers’ opener Thursday against the Clippers. “He’s day-to-day, and while he’s still dealing with discomfort, there is some concern that he could potentially not play Thursday,” Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters. “But we’re hopeful that he does, and we’ll see how that plays out.”
The Los Angeles Lakers don't know how they'll look in Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers just yet, because they're waiting to find out just how well Anthony Davis can see. Davis, who was poked in the right eye by Michael Carter-Williams during Saturday's scrimmage against the Orlando Magic, did not practice Tuesday. The All-Star big man spent the session in a seat on the sideline while sporting shaded eyewear.
Tania Ganguli: Anthony Davis didn’t practice today. He’s still dealing with his eye injury from Saturday. Here he is near the end of practice.
June 23, 2021 | 5:32 am EDT Update
Sullivan is the author of “Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow,” which released on Tuesday. In a conversation with our friends from Celtics Wire on their podcast, Celtics Lab, Sullivan said that Nets ownership was unhappy with Irving over his midseason “pause,” and that Irving could be available for the right offer.
Matt Sullivan: “Let me give you guys a little news, I’m not sure that’s been out there. I’ve heard that Nets ownership was quite upset with Kyrie’s ‘pause,’ especially that maskless party that turned his psuedo-paternity leave into more like a COVID suspension. And in the last week I’ve heard rumblings – whispers, really, because cracking the Nets is kind of like breaking into the Kremlin, that Brooklyn GM Sean Marks would maybe, possibly, apparently be willing to at least listen to a trade offer for Kyrie this offseason. Now, I’m not sure what the market for Kyrie is at this point. It’s not like Ben Simmons giving you the headache on the court. It’s that complex personality that comes from off the court. I think it’s been annoying some people in the franchise. I can’t speak to his teammates, who obviously want to play with one of the world’s best and get him back there.”
Deandre Ayton couldn’t stop smiling after the Phoenix Suns’ 104-103 win on Tuesday gave them a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals over the LA Clippers. The big man wore a permagrin as he basked in the joy that came from dunking home the go-ahead bucket in the game’s final second, finishing one of the most dramatic alley-oops in NBA playoff history, but he didn’t want any of the credit. “I’ll start off by saying that’s definitely Jae [Crowder’s] game winner, making a great pass for a 7-footer,” Ayton said after his dunk with 0.7 seconds left lifted his final line to 24 points on 12-for-15 shooting and 14 rebounds.
No wonder Ayton said he completed the best play of his three-year NBA career after finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds and one memorable lob that gave the Suns a 2-0 series lead. “I never played so hard from the jump ball to the end, 150%,” Ayton said. “Usually it’s like 110%, but tonight it’s 150% and it’s 150% mentally. Just the level of focus and the things you have to really pay attention to, it’s really intense.”
And the production has been eye-popping. Per Elias Sports Bureau research, this postseason Ayton is the first player in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) with a 70% or better field goal percentage in any 12-game postseason span. He has had five 20-point, 10-rebound games this postseason, the most by a Suns player since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2007. “I’ve never played so hard from the jump ball to the end,” Ayton said. “A hundred and fifty percent. Usually, it’s like 110, but this is 150%. And it’s 150% mentally, too. Just the level of focus and the things you really have to pay attention to. It’s really intense, man.”
The cloud of the 2018 draft doesn’t follow Ayton. He has admitted in the past to being sensitive to perception and criticism, but put all of it behind him. “At the end of the day, we’re all different players,” Ayton said of comparisons to Doncic and Young. “I’m a 7-footer, big man, and they’re two point guards. I don’t know what you can compare. But me, I play as hard as I can. This is my team. I dominate the best way I can for this team and try to take this team as far as I can. Other than that, I trust my work, I trust my work ethic, I trust my craft.”
But with a chance to give them a three-point lead with 8.2 seconds left, George surprisingly missed both free throws despite coming into this game making 89.2% from the free throw line this postseason. “I’m not going to put too much on that,” George said afterward. “Obviously it was an opportunity that was missed. Pat made an unbelievable play that put me in position to extend the lead. I’m always confident at the free throw line. I’ve always been very successful in clutch moments at the free throw line.”
Meanwhile, the Clippers failed to capitalize on a game that was there for the taking, and now trail 2-0 for a third straight series this postseason. “This game, I’ve played a lot of games in this league, this one’s hard,” said Beverley, who got the start in Game 2. “This one goes up there. This is a hard game to kind of swallow because you look at this game, I mean, we got this game won, you know. “But we’ve been in the trenches before. We respond well in the trenches. We’ll respond well. We always do.”