Everyone hoping that LeBron James and Anthony Davis would play tomorrow when the Lakers face the Clippers in a Christmas Day showdown look like they’re in luck, as a couple of ESPN’s Insiders are reporting that James and Davis are indeed expected to suit up, despite dealing with a few injuries:
Reporting with @McTen: Stars are aligned for Lakers-Clippers on Christmas Day. Lakers conducted impromptu practice this morning and LeBron James (groin) and Anthony Davis (knee) are expected to play vs. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at 8 PM ET on ABC.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 24, 2019
At practice on Monday, Lakers Head Coach Frank Vogel said that both James (thoracic muscle strain) and Davis (sore right knee) did not participate, and would officially be listed as questionable to play against the Clippers. The Lakers did not change that listing in their Tuesday status update, and added that Kyle Kuzma was probable to play on Christmas as well:
The Lakers are listing LeBron and AD as questionable to play tomorrow, and Kuzma as probable. pic.twitter.com/IzJ8aprFEW— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) December 24, 2019
James missed Sunday night’s game with his injuries and hasn’t spoken to the media since getting hurt, but has been reportedly planning to play on Christmas Day. Davis — who played in the loss to the Denver Nuggets — said after tweaking his knee in that game that he was going to do his best get out on the floor to face the Clippers as well.
“We’ve got two days before our next game, so plenty of enough time to get it back right,” Davis said, adding that he wanted to see how his knee felt on Monday morning. “Hopefully nothing significant happens and (I can) get some treatment on it and continue to move forward.”
In addition to this current knee soreness, Davis has also dealt with an ankle sprain, shoulder soreness and a rib issue this year.
The Lakers take on the Clippers at 5:00 p.m. PST, and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN and ABC.