The Lakers will be without one of their most important players for a long time.
Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis returns to the bench after worsen an Achilles injury in a February game against the Nuggets. While the seven-time All-Star is 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 could return to the pitch.
What is Anthony Davis’ injury?
In the second quarter of a Feb. 14 game in Denver, Davis attempted to pass Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and managed to foul. He went out of bounds after hearing the whistle, limping clearly as he made his way to the free throw line.
Davis hit both shots on the charity strip, but the Lakers had to get him out of the next stop. He never returned and Los Angeles lost by a final score of 122-105.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Davis had worsened his right Achilles tendonosis, which knocked 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 apparently revealed a calf strain and confirmed the tendonosis.
“I felt good coming back the first time against Memphis, and I’m going to do the same, the same steps to get things back on track,” Davis said after the game. “Obviously be a little smarter with him, like I was smart the first time around, but even smarter. Increase the treatment more – instead of three times a day, maybe five times per day, just trying to get him back to where he needs to be to go there and help the team. “
How long will Anthony Davis be out?
Lakers coach Frank Vogel told reporters on February 18 that Davis will be out for “four weeks” after doctors confirmed the calf strain earlier in the evening.
“We want to try to put this completely behind him and be conservative with it just to make sure he’s completely healed before he comes back,” Vogel said.
The team later said the timeline was an estimate. Wojnarowski previously reported that Davis would be reassessed in two to three weeks but that it was “unlikely” to play again before the 2021 All-Star break.
It’s clear the Lakers won’t rush Davis until he’s ready, as Los Angeles is more focused on having him for another playoff series than a few games in February and March.
“For me, all that matters to me is health”, James said asked about Davis’ injury. “I want him to be healthy. Our team needs him to be healthy. He needs to make sure he takes all the precautionary reasons, everything, do his due diligence on what’s going on with him. his injury and be right when he comes back. “
UPDATE: The Lakers announced in their game on March 12 that Davis had been cleared into the next phase of his recovery and would be reassessed in two weeks, by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and other journalists. LA will play nine games in 14 days from March 15 to 28.
UPDATE: The Lakers made a brief statement ahead of their March 26 game against the Cavaliers. The most important part: “authorized to advance his work in the field”.
Injury update for Anthony Davis, who the team said “was reviewed by the team’s medical staff earlier this evening. He continues to make progress in his recovery and has been allowed to advance his judicial work. Additional updates will be provided as appropriate. “
– Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 27, 2021
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 shooting
- 29.3% 3-point shooting
- 71.5% free throw shooting