April 1 update: Both James and Davis will suit up in a massive game for the Lakers against the Pelicans. LA currently sits in the 10th spot, which is the last play-in spot in the West.
April 1 update: James and Davis could both be retuning to the floor Friday against the Pelicans. Davis is expected to play after sitting out Thursday’s game, while James is likely to be questionable with the ankle injury. The Lakers are in desperate need of a win to stay in the play-in tournament.
March 31 update: James has already been ruled out while AD is planning on playing Thursday night vs. the Jazz. Both teams are struggling and the Lakers are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether should they fail to right the ship with a week and change left in the regular season.
March 30 update: James has already been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Jazz, while Davis is listed as doubtful. He is reportedly looking to make his debut either Friday or Sunday, so you can bank on him not playing Thursday. It looks to be another tough day for the Lakers, who have now slipped out of the play-in tournament and are in major danger of missing the postseason.
March 29 update: Both Davis and James are out for Tuesday’s game, which was expected based on the previous designation. It’ll be the Russell Westbrook show, with Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony providing offensive support. Don’t expect much from LA’s cast in this game against a red-hot Mavericks team playing excellent defense this season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have listed both LeBron James and Anthony Davis as doubtful for the team’s Tuesday clash against the Dallas Mavericks. Davis is returning from a foot injury which has kept him out since late February, while James played through his ankle injury in a loss to the Pelicans Sunday.
Frank Vogel on the Lakers’ practice today: Anthony Davis went through a full, live practice for the first time since he suffered the mid-foot sprain. LeBron James used the practice time to undergo treatment on the swelling in his left ankle. Both are listed as doubtful for DAL— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) March 28, 2022
While it’s nice to see Davis back on the day-to-day injury report, James’ ankle is concerning. The forward has been a scoring machine of late and is likely going to win the scoring title, but the Lakers now sit 10th in the West. If James can’t play and Davis is still not quite ready to return, LA’s playoff hopes are looking bleak. The Lakers are only one game up on the San Antonio Spurs, and there’s nothing Gregg Popovich would want more than to overtake his arch rivals.
With James and Davis both likely to sit, look for Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk and Carmelo Anthony to be the top offensive players for LA in Tuesday’s game.