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Anthony Davis sends warning to NBA ahead of playoffs

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The Los Angeles Lakers have tumbled down the Western Conference standings while they try to get healthy for the stretch run, but Anthony Davis believes rival teams would be making a mistake if they read too much into that.

Davis, who returned to the lineup last week after missing 30 games with heel and calf issues, sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols over the weekend. He was asked about the possibility of the Lakers having to take part in the play-in tournament, which would happen if they finished anywhere from the No.7 to No. 10 seed. L.A. is currently in fifth place and three games ahead of the seventh-place Portland Trail Blazers.

Davis said he isn’t overly concerned about any potential playoff opponent.

“No matter where we fall, we know we’re still capable of winning a championship,” he said. “Injuries played a part this season for us. We always say it just makes it a lot sweeter at the end to go through something like this.

“Put us up against anyone. I don’t think (anyone) wants to see us first round. I know the type of team that we have and I know what we can do. I think we’re capable of beating anyone in a seven-game series.”

You can hear the remarks at around the 2:15 mark below:

The Lakers are still the team to beat. It was impossible to judge them during a span in which Davis sat out 30 games, and now LeBron James is sidelined with an ankle injury. L.A. has a losing record since LeBron went down on March 20.

Assuming they are healthy, the Lakers could be even better off this year than they were in last year’s playoffs. They have added Andre Drummond for front-court depth, which should take pressure off Davis.

Davis admitted on Saturday that the Lakers are struggling with a specific issue, but that should work itself out if they get everyone back and healthy.

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Anthony Davis makes admission about Lakers’ on-court chemistry

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There are 12 games remaining in the Los Angeles Lakers’ regular season, and according to Anthony Davis, the team has some catching up to do.

The Lakers faded late on Saturday, losing 108-93 to the Dallas Mavericks in a game that saw Los Angeles get outscored 29-14 in the fourth quarter. Davis, who remains on a minutes limit, looked rusty during the loss, going just 5-for-19 from the field.

After the defeat, Davis admitted that he was essentially starting from scratch in trying to connect with his teammates after being sidelined for so long with a calf injury.

“It’s like you’re starting over with the guys and just trying to find a connection with these guys again,” Davis said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “They’re trying to find a connection with me. So, it’s like we’re starting from zero, which is tough so late in the season.”

It’s not what you want to hear this late in the season. It’s complicated even more by the continued absence of LeBron James, and his return may not be close. Put it all together and it means the Lakers probably won’t have a ton of time to get in sync before the playoffs.

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Anthony Davis shares just how scary his calf injury was

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Anthony Davis has been out with a calf injury for two months but is expected to return to action on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers big man shared just how scary his calf injury was for him.

Davis told reporters that he felt a “ripping” sensation when he suffered the injury. He said the pain was unlike anything he previously experienced.

Davis also said that he thought he tore his Achilles tendon. If you watch video of the incident, you can understand why he felt that way.

The injury took place on Feb. 14, so Davis has missed a little more than two months of action. The Lakers had him take it slow in his recovery this time and just want him and LeBron James ready for the playoffs. James’ return from an ankle injury may take longer than expected.

Anthony Davis set to return for Lakers Thursday

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers are finally getting one of their two big stars back in action on Thursday.

Lakers center Anthony Davis revealed that he plans to return on Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks as long as he does not suffer any late setbacks or issues.

Davis has been out for two months with a calf strain that he suffered on Feb. 14. He’s been limited to just 23 games this season, and the Lakers have struggled in his absence, having fallen to fifth in the Western Conference standings.

The Lakers’ focus will now shift to getting LeBron James back on the floor. At the moment, there’s not a lot of clarity on when that will be, which makes Davis’ return even more important.

Kyle Kuzma had funny comment about Anthony Davis playing Thursday

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been giving hints that Anthony Davis will return to action on Thursday. Kyle Kuzma is definitely expecting his teammate to return then.

Kuzma was asked after Monday’s game between the Lakers and Jazz about Davis possibly playing in the team’s game Thursday against the Mavericks.

“His a– better play, he’s been out all season long,” Kuzma said with a smile.

Kuzma is only slightly exaggerating. Davis has played in 23 games this season. He hasn’t played since reinjuring his right calf on Feb. 14. LeBron James got hurt on March 20, meaning the Lakers have been without their top two players for the last month.

The Lakers have fallen down the standings to fifth in the West. Getting Davis back on Thursday and James back possibly a week later will be big for the defending champions.

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Anthony Davis making progress in recovery from calf injury

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Anthony Davis is making progress in his recovery from a calf injury.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Friday that Davis was re-examined by the team’s medical staff and is showing signs of progress.

“Anthony Davis … continues to progress in his recovery and has been cleared to advance his on court work. Additional updates will be given when appropriate,” the statement said.

Although this is good news, the reality is Davis is still a ways away from a return to the Lakers, according to coach Frank Vogel.

This is tough for the Lakers. The defending champions are without both Davis and LeBron James, who is recovering from an ankle injury.

Davis has not played since Feb. 14. He is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23 games this season.

Anthony Davis expected to miss four weeks

Anthony Davis

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel provided an update on Thursday about the status of Anthony Davis.

Vogel said after his Lakers lost 109-98 to the Brooklyn Nets that Davis would be out four weeks.

That isn’t a definitive timetable but rather a good estimate of what to expect.

Davis aggravated an injury in the Lakers’ game against the Nuggets on Sunday. He has a right Achilles tendon issue and the team wants to take it slowly in bringing him back this time.

Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game this season. The Lakers have gone 1-1 since Sunday without Davis.

Lakers will reportedly move slowly in bringing Anthony Davis back

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The Los Angeles Lakers issued an initial timetable on the injury to star center Anthony Davis, but it sounds like the organization is prepared to live without him for a while.

The Lakers announced Monday that Davis will be evaluated in 2-3 weeks due to a calf strain. This should not be viewed as a solid return date, however.

A Lakers source told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that the Lakers are prepared to be very cautious and conservative in bringing Davis back, taking a more long-term view of his health.

The Lakers want to win another championship. They’ll need Davis healthy to do that. At 21-7, missing the playoffs isn’t a concern for them. While they’d certainly like to be as well-positioned as possible in terms of seeding, Davis’ health is more important.

The injury didn’t look great live, so the fact that it’s not extremely severe is good news. Davis might be out a while, but there’s no reason the Lakers shouldn’t have him back for the playoffs, especially if they’re planning to be this cautious.

Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star out at least 2-3 weeks with calf strain

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Anthony Davis just returned from an injury, but he is going back on the shelf.

Davis is out at least 2-3 more weeks due to a calf strain. Davis suffered the injury while trying to drive to the basket late in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

Davis went down in pain but remained in the game to shoot his free throws. He later exited the game and limped off the court into the locker room, where he was ruled out the rest of the contest.

Davis was set to undergo an MRI on Monday, and the findings dictate he will be out a few more weeks.

Davis recently missed two games due to an Achilles tendon injury and had just returned to the Lakers’ lineup. Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game this season.

Anthony Davis leaves Lakers game with injury

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis left Sunday night’s Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets game after appearing to suffer a leg injury.

Davis was preparing to drive while being defended by Nikola Jokic. He took a step before screaming in pain.

Davis appeared to make contact with Jokic, though it’s unclear whether that was the cause of the injury. Davis remained in the game to shoot two free throws before limping off the court.

Davis recently missed two games for the Lakers due to a sore right Achilles tendon. He was grabbing at the same area on his leg after he shot his free throws. He had 15 points in 14 minutes prior to the injury.