The Los Angeles Lakers have four back-to-backs over their 11 remaining games this season, but with limited time to get all of their players re-acclimated to each other before the postseason as Anthony Davis works his way back in and LeBron James gets closer to a return, Frank Vogel says that as long as his stars are healthy, he’s not planning to rest them on either end of those sets.
“I think the plan right now is certainly for AD to play them all, and if Bron is back and ready to play, his history suggests that he would play in both, that he would want to play in both,” Vogel said prior to Monday’s win over the Orlando Magic. “Obviously we’ll make game-time reads the day of the game as to where he’s at with his ankle and whether or not he should play in both of those games. But that’s not been decided yet.”
Maybe a final decision hasn’t been made, but when I asked Anthony Davis after the game, he certainly didn’t leave much doubt how he feels.
For anyone that can’t watch videos, Davis “I’ve missed 30 games, so I think I’ve had enough rest to be able to play those back-to-backs, so I plan on playing both ends of the back-to-backs that we have.”
And that’s certainly good news for the Lakers, and not just because they’re trying to stay where they are in the standings. It’s also a pretty solid indication that Davis is feeling good as he returns from his Achilles and calf injuries, because if he was still feeling the effects of either, it feels pretty unlikely he’d make this kind of commitment just to have to potentially go back on it later.
Obviously all of this will depend on him staying healthy, but so far, all signs are pointing to Davis feeling pretty good as he works his way back in. In a season without a lot of good injury news for the purple and gold, his confidence here certainly qualifies.