Heading into Thursday night’s much-hyped showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Lakers are listing Anthony Davis as questionable with a left ankle sprain, and saying Kyle Kuzma will miss the game with a sprain of his right ankle. This will be Kuzma’s fifth missed game in a row, and is the second consecutive game Kuzma and Davis have been listed with these exact statuses.
In the same status report, the Lakers also said that Rajon Rondo is “probable” to play against Milwaukee with his left hamstring strain, while Talen Horton-Tucker will miss the game, as he is still on assignment with the South Bay Lakers.
In an interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” from earlier on Wednesday, Davis said that he would “hopefully” be good to go against the Bucks, who the Lakers (24-4) are tied with for the best record in the NBA.
“That’s the plan. We’ll see how the ankle feels and hopeful I’m able to play,” Davis said.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel also said on Tuesday night after the Lakers’ loss to the Indiana Pacers that it was “a possibility” Davis might play on Thursday, and has also recently preached patience with Kuzma’s return. For Kuzma’s part, he is also saying that he doesn’t want to rush back, so the team seems to be aligned on that front.
If Davis misses the game, expect Jared Dudley to likely get the nod as a starter again, and for LeBron James (who was not listed on the injury report but is apparently coming down with a cold) to have to shoulder a larger load on offense. The Lakers also may need to ask Kostas Antetokounmpo to actually give them a scouting report on his older brother, as they’ll need all the help they can get.
The Lakers will tip off against the Bucks at 5:00 p.m. PST on Thursday, and we will likely get another update on Davis’ status before then. Stay tuned for updates.