Anthony Davis is currently set to miss at least the next two weeks as the Lakers take things slow with their star big man and let him move into the next phase of his rehab for the Achilles tendinosis and right calf strain he’s been dealing with.
Our own Dr. Brar broke down what Davis’ path back to the court could look like this morning, and now Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Davis could take even longer than the current timeline:
However, sources informed Yahoo Sports that Davis could be sidelined for the next three weeks and possibly beyond. The Lakers will be overly cautious in their approach to working Davis back even at the cost of slipping in the standings, which has occurred.
Davis hasn’t played in a month.
If Davis misses the next three weeks, he will have missed 27 games with his current injury, including the next 15. That timeline would leave Davis with 22 games left to ramp up for the playoffs, and even fewer if it takes more than three weeks, as Haynes says is possible. That’s not very much time to play his way back into game shape, but the Lakers are kind of stuck here: They need to make sure Davis is all the way healthy and be cautious with his Achilles, because if he’s not, they won’t have a whole lot of playoff hopes anyway.
Now this is just a report, and it’s always possible that Davis’ ultimate prognosis is sunnier than this — these things change, and are hard to predict — but Haynes is as well sourced in the Klutch Sports camp as they come, so if he’s reporting this, it is likely at the very least something that’s being discussed. It’s also not reason to panic, because the Lakers need to play things smart with Davis set to be in Los Angeles for four more years after this one.
Still, injuries suck, and it would be a shame if this one leaves us wondering what could have been this season if it didn’t happen.