The Lakers will be without one of their biggest players for an extended period.
Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis returns to the bench after aggravating an Achilles tendon injury during a February game against the Nuggets. With the seven-time All-Star expected to sit for several weeks, the Lakers will rely even more on MVP candidate LeBron James as they seek to avoid a major drop in the Western Conference standings.
What’s next for Davis? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he can return to the court.
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What is Anthony Davis’ injury?
During the second quarter of a Feb. 14 game in Denver, Davis attempted to pass Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and was fouled. He went out of bounds after hearing the whistle, clearly limping as he headed for the free throw line.
Davis made both shots on the charity band, but the Lakers had to replace him at the next stop. He never came back, and Los Angeles lost by a final score of 122-105.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Davis had aggravated his right Achilles tendonosis, knocking him out of two games earlier in the month. Fortunately for Davis and the Lakers, the MRI results showed no rupture of the right Achilles tendon but it seems revealed a calf strain and confirmed tendonosis.
“I felt great coming back against Memphis the first time, and I’ll do the same, the same steps to get it right again.” Davis said After the match. “Obviously, be a little smarter with him, like he was smart the first time, but even smarter. Improve the treatment more, instead of three times a day, maybe five times a day, just trying to get back to where. you need to go out and help the team. “
How long will Anthony Davis be out?
Davis will be reevaluated in two to three weeks, according to Wojnarowski, who added that it is “unlikely” that Davis will play again before the 2021 All-Star break. If he stays on that timeline, Davis will miss at least nine games.
(Note: the NBA has yet to release team schedules for the second half of the 2020-21 regular season.)
|February 16th||in Timberwolves|
|18th of February||against networks|
|February 20th||against the heat|
|February 22||against magicians|
|February 24th||in Jazz|
|26 of February||against the Trail Blazers|
|February 28th||against warriors|
|March 2nd||against suns|
|March 3rd||in Kings|
It’s clear the Lakers won’t rush Davis back before he’s ready, as Los Angeles is more focused on having him for another playoff run than some games in February and March.
“For me, the only thing that matters to me is health.” James said when asked about Davis’ injury. “I want him to be healthy. Our team needs him to be healthy. He has to make sure that he takes all the precautionary reasons, everything, do his due diligence on what’s going on with his injury and be right when he returns.” .
“No rush, no schedule. We have no idea what that looks like, but we just want him to be healthy and regain full strength.”
Anthony Davis statistics for the 2020-21 season
- 22.5 points per game
- 8.4 rebounds per game
- 3.0 assists per game
- 1.8 blocks per game
- 1.3 steals per game
- 2.0 turnovers per game
- 32.8 minutes per game
- 53.3 percent of shots
- 29.3 percent from 3-point shots
- 71.5 percent free throws
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.