NBA rumors: Still no timetable for Anthony Davis' return

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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.”
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.
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."
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