NBA Rumor: Anthony Davis Injury

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Lakers hopeful Anthony Davis will return after Lakers' five-game road trip

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.

Anthony Davis out multiple weeks?

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.

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.

Anthony Davis out for game vs. Clippers?

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.”
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