After going through a full practice on Tuesday, Anthony Davis will play when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on Wednesday, according to head coach Frank Vogel. Davis sat out of Monday’s game with a sprained thumb.
Vogel didn’t say Davis would be on a minutes restriction against the Warriors, but he said that he and the coaching staff will use “common sense” when monitoring his minutes: “He’s not going to play 45 minutes.”
Considering it’s the preseason and Davis is dealing with a minor injury, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Davis doesn’t need a ton of playing time to do damage, though, as he showed last time he played the Warriors.
When the Lakers played the Warriors in their preseason opener earlier this month, Davis dropped 22 points in the first half. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. With Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein set to miss the rest of the preseason, Davis should have no problem putting up big numbers again on Wednesday.
Even if he doesn’t get the opportunity to put up another monster stat line, Davis wants to use the rest of the preseason to continue to build chemistry with his new teammates.
“I just wanted to play,” Davis said, adding that he and the team both felt he was healthy enough to suit up. “I never want to sit out. Obviously I want to keep getting better. I only played two games and a quarter, so I wanted to continue to get better, continue to get to know the team, continue to get the team better.”
Davis said he doesn’t know if he’ll wear a wrap around his hand during the game.
When Davis isn’t on the floor, Vogel will finally have some depth at the 4 spot with Jared Dudley and Kostas Antetokounmpo both healthy. Dudley could even spend some time playing alongside Davis, allowing Vogel to space the floor a little more.
The Lakers will also be getting some depth at the point guard position, as Vogel said that Quinn Cook will be available to play against his former team on Wednesday. Cook has missed all four games in the preseason with calf soreness.
The Lakers have struggled from behind arc in the preseason, shooting 29 percent from 3, so hopefully Cook — a career 40.5 percent 3-points shooter — can help them in that area.
The Lakers and Warriors will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.