In his return after a two-month absence, Anthony Davis‘ numbers were not overly impressive, just four points in 17 minutes. However, the Lakers’ superstar said he never once gave thought to the calf strain and Achilles tendinosis in his right leg that sidelined him.
“I didn’t think about it one time tonight,” Davis said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Honestly, I just went out there and played. I think it can limit what you do if you’re out there thinking about your injury, so I just went out and played and not think about it. Just go out there and have fun and be excited to be back on the floor. That was my main thing. I was just excited to be back on the floor with the guys, so I never thought about it. I never did a limit to any moves. Wasn’t hesitant with anything, so that was a good sign for me.”
Injuries have limited Davis this season as he’s averaging 21.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG for Los Angeles. However, as the team also awaits the return of LeBron James, L.A. will have some serious firepower back on the court as the team seeks to defend its NBA championship.
More Pacific Division notes here:
- The Clippers says that center Serge Ibaka is “progressing” in his return from lower back tightness that has sidelined since mid-March, Mirjam Swanson of the Orange County Register writes. “He’s progressing,” head coach Ty Lue said. “We’re not sure the timetable when he’ll be back, but that was his first time getting on the floor and actually doing some playing so that’s a good start.”
- Despite the Warriors‘ disappointing season, Jordan Poole has emerged as a bright spot in the team’s future, Anthony Slater of The Athletic writes. Poole has shown an innate ability to score and head coach Steve Kerr lauded his 21-year-old. “We can’t have our decision to play him based on whether he’s making shots or not,” Kerr said. “That’s not a recipe for consistent performance. He has to take that next step and he’s showing signs. Which is great.”
- With Marvin Bagley III seemingly close to returning, NBC Sports’ James Ham analyzes his role with the Kings might be once he’s back on the court.