James is day-to-day with a sore knee, but the real news here is Davis could make a return from a mid-foot sprain soon. That said, there seems to be no exact timeline with time running out on the regular season.
In fact, it almost seems as if Davis won’t be back before the playoffs — or in the case of the Lakers, the play-in tournament.
Davis had a walking boot removed earlier this month and has begun shooting and on-court workouts. “While there is still no timetable for his return, the Lakers are hopeful Davis will play again this season,” RealGM wrote.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel did say that Davis is “coming along really well,” then later discussed the play-in tournament possibility by saying, “We’re hopeful those two games will be played with Anthony Davis.”
Davis has been out since mid-February with the injury. Overall, he has missed more than half the Lakers’ games this season. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the Lakers have struggled after making over nearly the entire roster, failing to get into any sort of real rhythm.
“They’re not punting on this season. Anthony Davis wants to be back, this team wants him back,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said March 13. “He’ll make more progress this week they hope, and he’ll have another MRI which will be about four weeks out from the injury, and the hope is that he can then start progressing towards returning before the postseason begins.”