Lakers power forward Anthony Davis is expected to make his return to the court on Tuesday night against the Nets.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium relayed the update — detailing that Davis is now “probable” to return and delivering good news to the Southland after an unsavory loss to the Heat on Sunday, 113-107.
After missing over one month with MCL sprain, Lakers star Anthony Davis is probable to return on Tuesday night vs. the Nets in Brooklyn.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 24, 2022
Los Angeles has been on pins and needles regarding the future of this Lakers’ season without Davis in the rotation. He was sidelined with an MCL sprain on Dec. 17 in a matchup against the Timberwolves.
Davis was initially upgraded to “questionable” by the Lakers on Sunday to potentially bring him back against the Heat. He ultimately missed the contest, extending his absence to 17 games.
The Lakers have seen their scoring, rebounding and defense take a hit without their second-most-important player.
LeBron James has been the only consistent Laker performing on the team without AD — putting in Herculean efforts on a consistent basis but still requiring an added role player to step up, which has yet to be the case with the team’s third All-Star in Russell Westbrook.
Lakers Nation now waits to see how Davis will appear playing on his recovering knee and if his impact on younger players (e.g., Malik Monk, Stanley Johnson, Talen Horton-Tucker) can fortify their performances.
Prior to his injury, Davis was averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds.
The Lakers sit at 23-24, still seventh in the West courtesy of an injured Clippers team, and will face off against Brooklyn (29-27) for their third of six consecutive road trip game.