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Lakers offer updated schedule for Anthony Davis return

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been without big star Anthony Davis since mid-December but should soon be getting a good idea of ​​when he might return.

Davis was originally scheduled to be reevaluated in four weeks from the injury, which would have happened on Saturday. The team announced it will be shortly after when Davis’ MCL sprain is evaluated.

“He will be evaluated early next week and we will have an update at that time,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said after the team’s practice on Friday.

When Davis might return based on this rating is still unknown.

Davis went down midway through the third quarter against the Timberwolves on December 17 when forward Jaden McDaniels rolled into his legs. David hobbled to the sidelines and made his way through the tunnel. Davis stumbled and sat on the floor Once he’d come down a few steps. Davis was already nursing the knee and had two exams this week. He missed two games earlier in the month due to left knee pain.

The Lakers have stayed afloat without him in the lineup, going 5-7 in the 12 games he missed. Davis is averaging 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season.

A positive sign for the Lakers is that Davis has put in some work on the court over the past week with a bulky brace on his knee. dr Rajpal Brar detailed Davis’ status and what it could mean for his return.

“This is a very positive indicator because it tells us that he is getting to a higher level of intensity and is responding quite well. Although the team has said he will be re-evaluated in week four, the reality is that the physio and training staff evaluate Davis on a daily basis and if he wasn’t responding well he wouldn’t be doing those activities on the pitch,” Brar said in a video breakdown on Silver Screen and Roll. “The next big step in his progression here is going to be that lateral movement from side to side. As soon as we see that, he’s really close to being cleared for a full return to activity.

The Lakers are hoping Davis can get closer to 100 percent on the time-out given his multiple injuries over the past calendar year.

If Davis returns, he can expect to play a good chunk of his time at center position, which was a turning point for the Lakers before his injury.

“I think you’re going to see that Anthony plays a lot in the 5 and when Anthony is out (out of the game) we have the lineups that we just played with LeBron basically playing point center,” Lakers coach Frank told Vogel this week. “That’s the direction I think we’re going to end up with this group in the second half of the season and a direction that we’re seeing obvious benefits from at the moment that we think will get even better if Anthony returns .”

The Lakers still have traditional centers Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan on the list, although they’re evaluating the market for both to see what they could get in exchange. Having James and Davis on the court just gives the team an added element that has worked well on offense.

“The beauty of them is that they’re versatile as both playmakers and screeners, you know what I mean?” Vogel said. “And what we’ve done is open up the color and we think it’s going to benefit both guys in this role.”

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