The Los Angeles Lakers submitted their injury report to the NBA on Saturday, and have Anthony Davis listed as questionable for their Sunday matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves with a right calf contusion. Davis was listed as probable with the same injury prior to Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, meaning that it potentially got worse due to him playing on it.
LeBron James (sore left ankle) is listed as probable with the same injury for the second straight game. There are no other Lakers on the injury report.
The Lakers may exercise caution with Davis here, as their game against the Wolves is the first night of a back-to-back, and part of a stretch that will see the Lakers play four games in six days. If they wanted to be extra careful with Davis under those circumstances — especially in light of their short turnaround heading into this season — it would be hard to blame them.
If Davis is forced to sit out, expect to Marc Gasol (15.8 minutes per game so far) or Markieff Morris (17.2) to be the primary beneficiaries in playing time, with an outside chance at Jared Dudley making his second appearance of the season after only playing two total minutes so far. Montrezl Harrell (30.3) already ranks second on the team in minutes per game behind Davis himself, so he probably won’t get too much more playing time, although he and Dennis Schröder will likely be the main players to get more shot attempts without Davis’ 15.5 shots per game in the lineup (other than James, if he plays).
The Lakers and Timberwolves will tip off on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Staples Center. The team will presumably provide an update on Davis’ status before then, so stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for more.