Despite making progress at practice on Friday, Anthony Davis wasn’t in uniform when the Los Angeles Lakers visited the Houston Rockets on Saturday. However, there was optimism that he’d be able to play against the Boston Celtics on Monday, so long as he got a workout in Houston on Sunday morning.
Unfortunately, that workout didn’t happen, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic, but he was still listed as questionable on Monday’s injury report. Davis has missed the last five games with the gluteus maximus contusion he suffered against the New York Knicks earlier this month. The Lakers have gone 4-1 during that stretch, with wins against the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Rockets.
While the Lakers would obviously love to have Davis available for Monday’s game, they have enough size in their frontcourt without him to make life hard on the Celtics, whose starting center, Daniel Theis, is 6’8. The Lakers are ranked second in the NBA in points in the paint per game (53.7).
The Lakers have also listed Rajon Rondo as questionable to play against his former team. Rondo has been sidelined for the last three games with the finger fracture he suffered against the Thunder last week.
Rondo has been inconsistent for the Lakers this season, but even on his worst nights, he’s the second-best ball-handler and playmaker on the team, and his absence has been felt in the second unit even with the surprise contributions of Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels.
Plus, his last visit to TD Garden was pretty memorable.
The injury report will be updated closer to tip-off on Monday at at 4:30 p.m. PST.