Good news to all who have been waiting for Los Angeles Lakers star, Anthony Davis, to return to the game!
Coach Frank Vogel spoke to the media on Thursday and revealed that Davis has been cleared for full-contact practice. However, his return to game action remains impending.
For those who can recall, Davis, 28, left the lineup two months ago after encountering a calf strain and tendinosis on his right leg. On Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Davis sat out and witnessed the loss.
But while this is good news, Vogel shares that Davis is “unlikely” to play in the upcoming two-game set against the Utah Jazz. These two games are scheduled for Saturday and Monday.
When asked if it was possible for Davis to make a return against Utah, the coach said that it is “not out of the question.”
According to the coach, Davis needs to be eased back slowly into the routine he had before his February 14 accident. During a game against the Denver Nuggets, Davis planted his foot wrong, which caused the injury.
“Whenever it is that he returns, it’s not going to be a full return to playing 30-something minutes a night,” says the coach. “Especially with the nature of practice and how shorthanded we are, he’s going to have to use some games to try to get himself back in shape. So the first two games he’s back will likely be short-minute performances.”
The coach said that he would be strict in easing Davis back into the game by limiting his playing time to around 15 minutes.
When asked about Davis’ opinion, Vogel shared that he (Davis) is “eager to get back out.”
The coach shared that Davis is “tired of being a patient and ready to be a player again. So he’s eager to get to work in real practice the next few days — live work — and even more eager to get back on the floor, and obviously that’s going to give our whole group a big lift.”
Right now, we can expect to see Dennis Schroder replace Davis on Thursday’s game against Boston.