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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 pic.twitter.com/RgLFeGB1IE
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.”
Jovan Buha: Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis: “Well see. ... He’s making progress, but we still don’t know.” Vogel said Davis will be a game-time decision again.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel, when asked about Anthony Davis’ availability for Game 6, said “we’ll see.” Vogel said Davis will be a gametime decision. “He’s doing everything he can to get back out there,” Vogel said.
Davis told teammates he was going to push to play in Game 5, league sources told Yahoo Sports. LeBron James encouraged Davis not to rush it, noting the personal bout he had with the same injury, sources said.
About an hour removed from his first workout, Davis surprisingly returned to the court for his second workout. Considering how bad Davis looked an hour prior, it was fair to wonder if his latest appearance was just a hoax to deceive the Suns or a legitimate body-tester. But he didn’t look any better. He experienced pain the few times he attempted to move laterally. It was a brief workout consisting of casual midrange jumpers. Afterward, Davis took a seat on the Lakers’ bench.
Shams Charania: Sources: Lakers‘ Anthony Davis (strained groin) is officially out for Game 5 vs. Suns. Markieff Morris will start in place of Davis.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel said that whether Anthony Davis plays or sit "will be a medical decision." In other words, Lakers won't allow AD to play only because he says he can
Shams Charania: Lakers star Anthony Davis is unlikely to play in Game 5 vs. Suns on Tuesday due to strained groin, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. There’s optimism about Davis‘ status as series continues and as he is evaluated day-to-day.

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Charles Barkley: "AD’s been out for a long time, now you’re trying to play hard basketball. He had a couple good games, but he ain’t had no time to get his rhythm and his conditioning together. Same thing with LeBron. I don’t think LeBron, at his age, can single-handedly whip the Phoenix Suns. If Anthony Davis does not play again, they’re gonna lose to the Phoenix Suns – but, even if they beat the Suns, they got zero chance of winning the championship. These guys are not in good enough shape. They missed too much of the regular season. And like I say, you don’t just pick up a basketball in the middle of the [playoffs] and beat the good teams."
Their spirits might have been dampened when the Lakers learned Davis was getting more testing on his groin after the game, but they had a strong belief in the group’s ability to get the job done if their second superstar can’t go. “There is plenty of confidence that we have now without AD. That’s not even a question for anybody in the locker room,” Lakers reserve center Marc Gasol said after he produced 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in 23 minutes. “So, obviously you lose it in the moment of the game that can kind of get your mind off track a little bit for some people. It shouldn’t, though. I don’t know if that was the case, to be honest. I don’t know if that was with AD or without AD, but we just got to keep playing and that’s as simple as that.”
If Davis doesn’t play Tuesday night, it means more responsibility for James. “So, it’s just gonna be more opportunity for Bron and obviously we need more guys to step up,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Not one other guy, but everybody. It’s gotta be a group effort. We need contributions from everyone, and we did have a stretch like this where we played without AD that we’ll draw on to take us into Game 5 if AD’s not available.”
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said Davis has a strained groin, and is undergoing further medical evaluation. Update tomorrow. He wasn’t sure about AD’s availability for the second half right away, and tried to adjust on the fly. Obviously, LAL missed him considerably on both ends.
Dave McMenamin: Anthony Davis did not start the 2nd half for the Lakers an dis not on the bench. Dealing with a sprained left knee, AD was limited to 6 points on 2-for-9 shooting in the first half.
"There's no chance that I don't play tomorrow," Davis said after practice Saturday. "As a player, I've wanted to be in this moment. You want to be in the playoffs and help contribute to my team's success. I want to be out there. So in my eyes, for me as a competitor, I think I'll be out there [Sunday]." Davis landed awkwardly and hyperextended his left knee after executing a chase-down block on the Suns' Devin Booker in the first half of the Lakers' 109-95 Game 3 victory Thursday.
"Trying to get some rehab on it, some treatment," Davis said. "Get some (swelling) out of there and be ready to go tomorrow. Get the muscles firing again. So I did a lot of that stuff today and yesterday, and even after the game as well. So I've been doing everything I can to be on the floor tomorrow."
Kellan Olson: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis and LeBron James as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Pacers. Same with Alex Caruso and Dennis Schroder. Indiana will have no Brogdon, Turner, Lamb or Sumner. LeVert, Sabonis and Aaron Holiday are questionable.
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.
Harrison Faigen: Anthony Davis is officially questionable to play against the Mavericks tomorrow. Full Lakers injury report: pic.twitter.com/1zIGNVWCn9
Melissa Rohlin: AD, if you feel good tomorrow are you going to play? AD: "Yes."
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.
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.
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.
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