Following a lengthy recovery process, LA Lakers will have star forward Anthony Davis making his return to the court this week. Davis has missed the last two months due to a calf strain linked to possible Achilles tendon concerns. Before his first game back, he revisited the frightening details of the injury.
Anthony Davis set to make his return
There is plenty of excitement around the Lakers regarding Anthony Davis’ expected return to the floor on Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
There will be an adjustment period for Davis as his body gets acclimated to the physical nature of playing basketball again. Head coach Frank Vogel voiced that the 28-year-old will play in the 15-minute range in his first two games back on the floor.
Davis will likely see those minutes split between both halves of the game to help get his legs under him. After that point, the minute restriction will gradually decline as he gets more comfortable on the floor.
Since Davis’ injury, the Lakers have remained around the .500 mark, holding a 14-16 record. It has dropped them from second place in the Western Conference to fifth in the standings. LA currently sits only 2 1/2 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the fourth spot with 14 games left in the regular season.
Lakers’ Star Anthony Davis unveils the frightening details of his calf injury
Over the last two months, the Lakers have taken the precautionary route with star forward Anthony Davis’ calf injury.
It’s a situation that the team has worked patiently to allow Davis to return to the floor at his pace to avoid any setbacks. The 28-year-old shed light on the injury on Wednesday, stating that his Achilles tendon felt like it had a sharp “ripping” sensation when he last hurt it back in February. (H/T Dave McMenamin of ESPN)
“I never tore an Achilles, but I kind of felt like sharp pain, like it was ripping, which I had never felt before,” Davis said. “… So I knew it was something serious. It wasn’t as serious as it could have been, but it was still a pretty significant injury.”
Davis added that he felt like he partially tore his Achilles tendon, creating fear for the worst. All that underlines the severity of the injury he was dealing with that forced him to miss an unspecified amount of time.
It’s an extremely fine line that Davis walked with the ailment that could have led down a more serious path of a torn Achilles tendon. There are many ways the situation could have unfolded, and the star forward is lucky that it didn’t transpire in that disappointing manner.
LeBron James moving closer to a return
With Davis presumably back in the fold, the focus shifts over to LeBron James’ recovery time frame.
James recently received clearance for a light workload in his rehab from a high right ankle sprain that he suffered last month. LA has taken a similar approach with the four-time league MVP by allowing him to recover at his pace.
Davis noted on Wednesday that he believes James is likely a “couple of weeks” away from returning to the lineup. Meanwhile, he is well aware of the task at hand while his teammate remains on the mend.
“It’s going to be my job to try to help the team stay afloat until he comes back as well and stay fighting,” said Davis. “But this team has done more than we can ask for.”
The Lakers have an opportunity to head into the playoffs at full strength for a strong NBA title push.