Earlier this week, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Lakers were “hopeful” that Anthony Davis could return to the lineup when the team got back from its current five-game Eastern Conference road trip. And now, according to the latest reporting from ESPN, we have news that Davis is set to be re-evaluated when the team gets back to Los Angeles:
Davis will have missed the last 27 games by the end of the Lakers’ current road trip, but earlier this week, LeBron James predicted an impending “thunderstorm” on Instagram. Could this news be what he was alluding to?
Maybe, but even if it wasn’t, Woj’s report above is still a positive development. Really, any optimism that Davis is progressing is good news, considering how close to the vest the Lakers have played updates about his progress to this point.
And given how banged up the Lakers are right now, they can use all the help they can get, and even if Davis hits the very end of that timeline — April 24, two weeks from today — that would give him 13 games to ramp up and build chemistry with his teammates before the playoffs begin. That’s obviously not ideal, but nothing about this season has been ideal. At this point, the Lakers just have to settle for good enough, and Davis returning in time to play for the final seventh of the season would certainly qualify.
There is still no firm reporting on when LeBron James will be back from his high ankle sprain, but stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for the latest updates on both players as they come out.