UPDATE: The good news continues coming for the Lakers as they may be as healthy as they’ve been since opening the season on Wednesday. Both Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes will play on Friday against the Suns.
Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes have both been upgraded to available tonight for the Lakers— Jacob Rude (@JacobRude) November 11, 2023
Earlier in the day, the pair had been upgraded to probable to play, forecasting their final status.
Lakers have upgraded Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes to probable for tonight’s in-season tournament game with Phoenix— Dan Woike (Click the pic ⬇️ to read) (@DanWoikeSports) November 10, 2023
With both healthy and suiting up, the Lakers will have a full compliment of players available to them — sans Gabe Vincent, Jarred Vanderbilt and Jalen Hood-Schifino — for the first time this road trip.
Hopefully, that also means that, for the first time on this road trip, they’ll come away with a victory, too.
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After playing undermanned and undersized against the Rockets on Wednesday, the Lakers could potentially have their center rotation restocked on Friday against the Suns.
Both Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes are listed as questionable with their respective injuries for Friday’s in-season tournament game. Both were listed as questionable ahead of Wednesday’s game as well.
The Lakers list Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes as questionable for tomorrow’s game in Phoenix.— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) November 9, 2023
Davis is, obviously, the more prominent of the two injuries, though it was maybe a bit of a surprise he did not play vs. Houston. After being forced out of Monday’s game against the Heat, Davis vowed to play in the team’s next game, which he obviously did not do.
His absence alone would have been impactful for the Lakers and a hard blow to overcome. But on top of not having him, the Lakers also saw Hayes miss his second consecutive game with an ankle sprain.
Similarly, head coach Darvin Ham said that Hayes’ absence from Monday’s game against the Heat was more precautionary and that he could play if it were later in the season or in the postseason. And yet, Hayes missed Wednesday’s game as well.
The glass-half-full take is that it appears both are quite close to being able to return for the Lakers. The glass-half-empty take is that if both of them miss again — and if Davis misses — the Lakers have next to no chance of beating the Suns, will finish 0-4 on their road trip and still won’t have a road win.
No pressure, guys!
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