LOS ANGELES – At least, Anthony Davis still maintains his sense of humor. Despite the frustrating frustration he has losing the last three games due to pain in the area of the tail bone, Davis could not help but reflect on the winning streak of three Lakers games without him.
“It seems they don’t need me,” Davis joked on Tuesday.
Lakers don’t feel exactly like that. Even when informed that Davis was just kidding, Lakers coach Frank Vogel seemed sensitive to digging his star player. So Vogel emphasized: “We definitely need Anthony.”
However, the Lakers may not get their wish yet. The Lakers (33-7) have included Davis as questionable for Wednesday’s game against Orlando Magic (19-21) at the Staples Center and will see how he performs in a pre-game warm-up before officially deciding.
In his first comments since he suffered the injury on January 7 against the New York Knicks, Davis said he is “progressing really well” with more light throws, ball handling and mobility exercises during Lakers practice on Tuesday. Although he reported that he felt no pain while talking to reporters on Tuesday, Davis said that pain arises every time he completes any “movement” drill. The Lakers medical staff also wants Davis to complete the career and contact exercises before eliminating it.
Because of those parameters, Davis seems more likely to play when the Lakers play against the Houston Rockets in Houston on Saturday.
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“I’m much closer to where I was three days ago,” Davis said. “I made some more progress today. When I can go back to my old self and make the movements that I have always done and succeed in that, it will be when I can go back to the floor. “
When Davis suffered the injury for the first time, it seemed at first that he would be out of play for a significant period of time. The suffered a sharp fall after colliding with the eaves of the Knicks, Julius Randle, at the end of the third quarter, and remained on the ground for several minutes. After walking on his own to the locker room, Davis received radiographs that were negative. Then he had an MRI the next day that he came back clean.
“It was very painful to walk,” Davis said of the initial fall. “I wanted to turn my back and side. It was difficult. I didn’t want to speculate, but I was just praying it wasn’t something too serious. It’s very relieving. “
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