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Anthony Davis available Wednesday vs. Pelicans with back injury

Davis’ back first acted up a week ago in a loss to Denver.

Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on October 26, 2022 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.
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Wednesday update: Davis is officially good to go for Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans.

Tuesday update: Davis is once again being listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans, although it seems like he’s going to play after he suited up Sunday.

Sunday update: Davis is available to play Sunday against the Nuggets after missing Friday’s game against the Timberwolves.

Saturday update: Davis is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Nuggets with a back injury. He missed Friday’s loss to Minnesota with this issue, which first came up in Wednesday’s loss to the Nuggets. Davis appeared to tweak his back in the opening week against the Clippers but played through it before seemingly aggravating it.

The Los Angeles Lakers have ruled Anthony Davis out of Friday’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a back injury. Davis had issues with mobility in Wednesday’s loss to the Nuggets and clearly was attempting to play through this injury. He’ll take a break Friday.

Davis initially appeared to suffer this injury in the opening week of the season against the Clippers but managed to stay in the game. While the power forward has mostly been playing at center, the Lakers haven’t been able to complement him with another big man. This is a tough task for Damian Jones, who is likely to get the start now.

Russell Westbrook is also going to start now with Davis out. The embattled point guard has been through the ringer so far during the offseason and preseason, but he has a great chance to prove his worth Friday night against Minnesota.