Anthony Davis watched from the sidelines as the Los Angeles Lakers went through practice on Friday, but he was able to get some individual work in after practice, which included free-throw practice and non-contact full-court drills.
The Lakers are listing Davis as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets with the gluteus maximus contusion he suffered against the New York Knicks last week. He’s missed the last four games, and the Lakers are 3-1 in that stretch.
Here is better video of what the Lakers have Anthony Davis doing as he progresses. pic.twitter.com/eouqlYTEsV— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 17, 2020
Alex Caruso has been listed as probable after exiting Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic with a head injury. Caruso tested negative for a concussion on Thursday after his initial concussion evaluation was inconclusive, but he’s still dealing with neck soreness. That being said, Caruso went through practice and the expectation is that he’ll play on Saturday, according to head coach Frank Vogel.
The only other name on the injury report (outside of DeMarcus Cousins, of course) is Rajon Rondo, who went through practice on Friday after missing the last two games with a finger fracture. Rondo is questionable to play against the Rockets, and Vogel said he looked good in the parts of practice he took part in.
Rondo practiced today, and here is what Frank Vogel said "He looked good. It's just a matter of how the injury is going to feel, and how it feels tomorrow... He was a full participant, looked good, and (that's why) we're going to be listing him as questionable."— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 17, 2020
Having their guard rotation at full strength is going to be huge for the Lakers against the Rockets, a team with two All-Star guards in Russell Westbrook and James Harden. However, having Anthony Davis would be an even bigger advantage for Los Angeles, and not just because he’s a superstar.
The Rockets don’t have a ton of size in their front court, particularly at the 4 spot, so having someone as big as Davis available would literally put them over the top. The fact that he’s a walking double-double is just icing on the cake.
The injury report will be updated before the Lakers tip off on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Houston.