NBA rumors: Anthony Davis returning on Friday?

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While the Lakers haven’t said when he’ll return to game action — he’d need to be cleared for full-contact work first — Davis has said that he’s not concerned about needing a long ramp-up to get his wind back to where it needs to be. We still haven’t seen Davis running at full speed or pushing his pregame workouts to full speed. But we haven’t seen him slow down either, the team’s hopeful tone about his return matching his on-court progress.
Out since Feb. 16 with a right mid-foot sprain. If everything continues to progress well in Davis' rehab, the All-Star big man could be suiting up for games by the first week of April, at the earliest, sources told ESPN. The Lakers have gone 18-7 in the past two postseasons when Davis and James were in the lineup and able to finish the game. That's the stat that keeps L.A.'s locker room believing, despite how difficult this season has been.
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel on potentially playing in two play-in games: "We're hopeful those two games will be played with Anthony Davis."
Mike Trudell: Vogel on Anthony Davis: He’s getting evaluated on a daily basis based on the work he did the day prior. “He’s coming along really well.” Still no specific timetable/target date for a return.
The good news? Davis is set to be reevaluated this week — Thursday will officially be four weeks since he suffered the injury — and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on “NBA Countdown” that Davis is “making progress” towards a return: “His walking boot is off, and I’m told this week the next step for him is he’ll get on the court and start to do some stationary shooting. And they still, with 16 games left for the Lakers and the toughest schedule left in the league, the expectation is that they can still hang on to the play-in and get in the postseason and they can have Anthony Davis back.”
They are also (seemingly) hoping to make some noise once they get there. “They’re not punting on this season. Anthony Davis wants to be back, this team wants him back... He’ll make more progress this week they hope, and he’ll have another MRI which will be about four weeks out from the injury, and the hope is that he can then start progressing towards returning before the postseason begins.”
Dave McMenamin: Avery Bradley (knee) is out tomorrow vs LAC, per Frank Vogel. The coach also said Kendrick Nunn (knee) has begun the ramp-up process again, but remains out. Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) was a full practice participant and is probable. Anthony Davis (foot) is off his crutches.
Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks after suffering a right ankle sprain in the first half of the Lakers' 106-101 win against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, sources told ESPN. Davis underwent X-rays at Arena that revealed no fracture, according to the team. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Davis has an MRI scheduled for Thursday, and the team said he will be re-evaluated after the upcoming All-Star break.
Davis experienced significant swelling in the ankle immediately following the injury, sources told ESPN. Vogel said Davis was dejected when he checked in with him at halftime. "Just shaking his head about, you know, really everything," Vogel said. "Obviously I'm not sure what it felt like, but just being frustrated about it looking like he's going to miss some time again."
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis will receive an MRI on his right ankle tomorrow, league sources tells @YahooSports. But X-rays were negative.
Tommy Beer: The Lakers are listing LeBron James (knee) as doubtful and Anthony Davis as probable for tonight's game vs. the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) has been ruled out. The Knicks are at full strength.
Mike Trudell: Vogel said Anthony Davis will start at center, and that his wrist is OK. LeBron started at center against ATL on Jan. 7, a 134-118 win (AD was out). ATL has De’Andre Hunter back, and he’s helped the Hawks be much better since they faced LAL, though he’s questionable (ankle).
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said LeBron is still experiencing some soreness in his knee, and Davis has some soreness in his wrist. As for Sunday in Atlanta: “Hopefully we get them both back,” Vogel said, but the medical staff will see how they both feel tomorrow.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis tells @Jovan Buha that the biggest part of his rehab was "just getting the pain to go away." He says he was ahead of schedule movement-wise, and by the time he played 2-on-2 pregame in Miami, he wasn't feeling pain anymore.
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.
Anthony Davis participated in an individual on-court workout on Friday, four weeks to the day since spraining the MCL in his left knee. There is optimism within the Los Angeles Lakers organization that the star big man could return to game action sometime during L.A.'s long road trip at the end of the month, sources told ESPN. Davis will be officially reevaluated by team doctors early next week, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
At least Anthony Davis was spotted on the court before the game going through an individual workout, the first time he’s done so publicly since spraining a knee ligament against Minnesota on Dec. 17. Davis moved well on the injured leg despite wearing a bulky brace on the knee. Sources said the brace was merely precautionary and that the prognosis for Davis’ recovery is still good. The Lakers are scheduled to provide an update on Davis’ recovery as early as this weekend, though his return isn’t expected to closely follow.
From the moment Anthony Davis heard the pop in his left knee Friday night, he said, he was in “limbo.” He didn’t know how serious the latest injury in a too-long line of injuries would be. After playing in just half the Lakers’ regular-season games last season, then getting hurt again in the playoffs, Davis had used his frustrating track record as fuel coming into this season. Now, here he was again. Hurt. “I was emotional,” he said. “I was just, like, everywhere.”
Davis, who got married last summer, said his wife preaches that everything happens for a reason, a philosophy he came to embrace during his two-month absence last season. “(She’s) very spiritual,” Davis said, “and believes that this is a time for me to get my mind right, get the leg right, get the body right, and that I’ll be back stronger than ever.”
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel tells @Mike Trudell that AD saw the team doctor after the game, and he will get an MRI tomorrow. "We'll know more at that time... Hopefully it's something minor and he can get back soon, but we'll find out tomorrow."
Callie Caplan: Good news for the COVID-19-hampered Lakers: Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis (left knee soreness) will play tonight vs. Mavs.
Brad Turner: Lakers injury report: Avery Bradley (left ankle sprain) questionable, Anthony Davis (right thumb sprain) and Talen Horton-Tucker (right thumb injury recovery) are probable.
Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel confirms that Anthony Davis will play tonight.
Jovan Buha: The Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow against OKC: — Anthony Davis and Wayne Ellington are probable. This is the first time Ellington has been listed as probable. — LeBron James and Dwight Howard are questionable. — Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn are out.
Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards wasn't supposed to be in Minnesota this week, but after suffering an apparent injury while training with Team USA in Las Vegas, he'll have to return. Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said Monday that Edwards would be back in the coming days to be "properly assessed."
In a video that circulated on Twitter last week, Edwards was seen limping out of practice and being helped to the team bus. Although the nature of the injury was unclear, a source told the Star Tribune that it was a "sprain" and confirmed it was not Edwards' knee.
Davis offering that update while also indicating that he’ll be speaking with Lakers assistant athletic trainer Jon Ishop to get a clearer assessment. “I’m gonna talk to my trainer, Ish (Ishop), and see what their plan is,” Davis said. “He’ll probably call me tomorrow and we’ll figure that out, but no I don’t (the exact timeline). They said before, when it first happened, that a 10-14 day injury is usually what it is with a Grade 1, so after tonight where I re-aggravated it, I don’t know if it will be another 14 (days) or whatever, but I’ll talk to him tomorrow and try to see what the plan is.”
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis walked out of Staples Center Thursday night without any regrets about attempting to play in Game 6 with a left grain strain. “I couldn’t move to my right,” Davis told Yahoo Sports after the Phoenix Suns eliminated them in six games. “That’s why I reacted that way [in the first quarter] when [Devin] Booker drove left and I had to slide to my right. That s*** hurt. There was nothing I could do, but I just wanted to be out there for my team so bad."
Davis chose to play even with some of his teammates against the idea, sources said. “Me going out there didn’t have anything to do with me trying to be tough; I felt I owed it to my team to try to be out there with them,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “I knew the only way I was going to be healthy enough to play was to get some rest, but time wasn’t on my side. So, I tried to give it a go. I don’t regret anything. I’ll be fine. Our team will be fine. I like our chances when healthy.”
After Davis missed Game 5, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley addressed him as “Streetclothes." After Davis returned in Game 6, Barkley questioned why the Lakers’ medical staff allowed Davis to play. “I don’t have to prove nothing to anyone,” Davis said. “I’m not going to prove anything to anyone. It doesn’t matter to me. The things that everybody are saying? It comes with the territory. When you're a player of my caliber, guys expect things from you and are going to say things about you. Whatever their reason is, it's my job to be on the floor. I know what I go through and what I play through and what my body goes through. The front office and coaching staff know. So I don’t need to prove anything to anyone that's outside of this Lakers organization.”
Bill Oram: Anthony Davis: "We had the pieces, we just couldn't stay healthy. A lot of that is on me -- a main guy who couldn't stay on the floor."
StatMuse: This series before Anthony Davis injury: — Suns 350 — Lakers 358 Since Anthony Davis injury: — Suns 274 — Lakers 227
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis' night is officially over, per the Lakers. AD did not do anything in the first quarter to make his left groin strain more severe than it already wasy, sources tell ESPN. It was the "same feeling" as it was going into the game, sources said. He just wasn't right.
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (groin) has been cleared to play in Game 6 tonight against the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell @YahooSports, @NBAonTNT.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel on if potential elimination game factors into decision with AD/KCP playing/sitting: “It’s just a feel thing. We’ll be communicating with the medical team throughout and the coaching staff and I will be evaluating and measuring how well those guys are moving.”
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