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.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers say Anthony Davis is available to play tonight and will return from a five-game absence against Boston.
Tania Ganguli: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Boston. Although Frank Vogel had indicated Davis might work out this morning before the team flew, the Lakers say that didn’t happen.
Davis did go through an individual workout on the court after practice, however, mixing in light sprinting and spot shooting in a full-court drill with several members of the Lakers coaching staff. The eight-year veteran is expected to make his decision to return Saturday based on how he responds to his pregame workout, a league source told ESPN.
Melissa Rohlin: Anthony Davis: "I'm a lot closer than I was three days ago and I made some more progress today. When I feel like I'm able to get back to my old self and do the moves that I've always done and be successful at it, then that's when I'll be able to get back on the floor."
Mike Trudell: Anthony Davis: “I’m progressing very well ... every day is getting better.” He’s hopeful to do more on the court before the game tomorrow, as today was mostly light shooting. He was relieved that all the testing came back negative, and his return is just based on how he feels.
Lakers star Anthony Davis will sit out against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday at Staples Center, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of continued discomfort around his tailbone. “Closer than the other night, but still some soreness, ” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Still not ready.”
Davis injured his lower tailbone in the second half of last week’s win against the New York Knicks. Davis has rested and received treatment, but it is unclear to what extent the Lakers will consider Davis fully healthy before clearing him to play. “I don’t know if it will be 100 percent,” Vogel said. “It’s going to be day to day and we’ll communicate with the medical team. We want him as pain-free as possible. But I don’t know if that is 100 percent or 99 percent. They’ll tell me when he’s ready.”
Shams Charania: MRI results on Lakers star Anthony Davis’ lower back injury returned clean and he plans to travel with team on two-game road trip (Dallas, OKC), league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: After scary fall Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Davis underwent MRI that showed lower back injury is a bruise, league sources said. Positive news for Davis and the Lakers.
Mark Medina: Lakers say that the MRI for Anthony Davis revealed a gluteus maximus contusion. Davis will travel for Lakers' upcoming two-day trip in Dallas & OKC. Lakers listing Davis as questionable for Mavs game on Friday.
Chris Haynes: Anthony Davis was escorted out of the arena laying on the bed of a motor carrier. “I’m fine,” he told Yahoo Sports while acknowledging he’ll miss some time.
Jeff Stotts: Re: Anthony Davis: While there have been exceptions, the average missed time for an in-season tailbone contusion is roughly two games. A true fracture would require additional time. Hoping AD is back in action soon.
Anthony Davis left the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the New York Knicks in the third quarter Tuesday night after he bruised his lower back in a painful fall to the court. Davis was injured when he fell awkwardly while trying to block the shot of New York's Julius Randle. Davis pounded the court in obvious pain after his hard landing, and he stayed down for about two minutes in a hushed Staples Center. Davis eventually rose with help from his teammates, and he walked to the Lakers' dressing room slowly, but under his own power.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, emerged from the Lakers' locker room after the injury and said X-rays on Davis' back were negative, but the superstar is feeling sore. The Lakers described the injury as a bruised sacrum -- the lower part of the spine near the tailbone. Davis was able to walk in the player tunnel at Staples Center as the initial shock of the fall wore off, a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The plan is for Davis to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss the upcoming road trip in Dallas & Oklahoma City to rehab.
Dave McMenamin: When talking about the Lakers' needed next-man-up mentality in Anthony Davis' potential absence, Alex Caruso referenced this scene from 'Remember the Titans.' Look at AC Fresh, already helping Frank Vogel find motivating clips for the next film session: youtube.com/watch?v=Tlccav…
June 14, 2021 | 1:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni is interviewing for the Portland Trail Blazers coaching job today, sources tell ESPN. Two more assistant coaches — the Clippers’ Chauncey Billups and the Spurs’ Becky Hammon — are set to interview with Portland early this week, too.
Portland general manager Neil Olshey, for example, told reporters his front office plans to meet with 20 to 25 candidates. However, league sources have long expected and continue to pinpoint Clippers assistant coach and former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups as the likely next head coach of Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers.
Team personnel contacted by B/R maintain that hiring a Black candidate is another top priority for the Celtics. If Boston can also land someone who has previous head coaching experience, that person would further meet the Celtics’ criteria, sources said. With that, Nate McMillan is an under-the-radar contender to become Boston’s 18th head coach in franchise history. All indications are that Atlanta will remove the interim tag from McMillan’s title and offer an extension, sources said. Yet until that deal is agreed upon, there remains a potential for McMillan to benefit from his successful stint guiding the Hawks through this postseason and test the market elsewhere.
Momentum had seemed to stall for Jason Kidd after he was originally linked to Boston and Lillard went on record vouching for him in Portland, but the Lakers assistant’s name has surfaced more and more in conversations about Orlando’s opening. League sources have cited a connection to Magic general manager John Hammond, who hired Kidd to coach Milwaukee back in 2014.
Or perhaps the Magic go with a first-time head coach like Udoka, who league sources have strongly linked to this opening as well. Although there is a belief that Udoka has a greater interest in joining Boston. Jarron Collins, one of three player development-leaning coaches dismissed as part of a shakeup with Golden State’s staff, has already had conversations with Orlando too, sources said.