Anthony Davis told reporters that he is feeling better today, but the decision as to whether he will play in Game 6 on Thursday will be made by the Lakers medical staff, tweets ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Davis stayed out of Game 5 with a left groin strain, and LA couldn’t stay close without him, trailing by 30 points at halftime.
Davis said the groin injury was the result of overcompensation for a hyperextended left knee he suffered in Game 3. He’s averaging 21.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in four games, but LA has been ineffective when he hasn’t been there. in the Tribunal.
Davis had hoped to play in Game 5, but during a second warm-up session he determined he couldn’t go. tweets Duane Rankin of the Republic of Arizona. Davis said he spent 20 minutes shooting and the injury still felt the same.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel replied: “We’ll see,” when asked about Davis’ chances of returning for Game 6, he said it will be a game-time decision (Twitter link by McMenamin). “He’s doing everything he can to get out there again.” Vogel said.
There’s more about the Lakers:
- Lebron James warned Davis not to try to return too soon, according to Chris Haynes from The Athletic. James had a similar injury during the 2018-19 season that kept him out for several weeks.
- Vogel also hopes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to be a game-time decision on Thursday night, adds Rankin (via Twitter). Caldwell-Pope returned in Game 5 after missing Game 4 with a sore left knee, but played just 15 minutes in the lopsided loss. He said the knee became strained in the second half and affected his ability to move.
- The Lakers are determined to keep Andre Drummond Beyond this season, McMenamin said this week at Zach Lowe’s podcast (has advice for Brad Sullivan of Lakers Daily). Drummond was widely viewed as a rental when he signed with Los Angeles in late March after a purchase with the Cavaliers, but Los Angeles reportedly believes it is worth a long-term investment in the 27-year-old center. He is rumored to be seeking a maximum deal in free agency this summer, so he would have to lower those demands for a Lakers deal to be realistic. Marc Gasol is the only center LA has under contract for next season, though Montrezl harrell has a player option of $ 9.72M.