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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Anthony Davis vs Heat sits out, but Lakers increase their workload as they near a comeback

MIAMI – For the first time in weeks, Anthony Davis could be seen on the hardwood on Sunday, banging into the post and playing with his teammates.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, one game didn’t bring the action.

Having been listed as a suspect the day before, Davis was officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Miami Heat, his 17th consecutive missing game with an MCL sprain in his left knee. Still, the 28-year-old demonstrated his progress in a pregame workout, punt on both offense and defense without a knee brace in the paint against DeAndre Jordan.

Vogel said the Lakers made it unlikely that Davis would play on Sunday, but his change of position indicates he is close to a comeback – enough that they can’t rule him out altogether.

“He was about more, he’s getting closer,” coach Frank Vogel said. “He enjoyed his work yesterday. But not quite yet.”

Davis’ return is tantalizing for a team that has struggled 7-10 without him, particularly showing deficiencies on defense. Davis scrambled with Jordan, Wayne Ellington and Kent Bezmore to see them making jump shots, blocking attempts, and posting for at least a 20-minute session. While the Lakers haven’t held official drills this week, Davis has also held closed-door sessions with coaches and other staff to simulate the gameplay.

The Lakers’ next game on Tuesday is against the Brooklyn Nets.

The last five starting lineups have seen Dwight Howard start in the center, the position Davis is expected to occupy once he recovers. Vogel acknowledged that Howard’s minutes could dry up, but Howard could continue to play in the rotation as Davies works back up to his regular minutes allocation.

“It’s a lot more than planned, but we will evaluate game to game and Dwight is playing well for us, so we’ll see where he is,” Vogel said. “I’m sure when Anthony first comes back, he won’t be playing 40 minutes a night, so we have to take it on a game by game basis.”

LeBron James continued his 17-game streak of 25 points or more, the second longest streak of his career. While the Lakers speculated that some of the workload would be taken off James’s shoulders when Davis returned, James seemed to disagree.

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