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Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star to return Wednesday vs. Spurs subject to setbacks before the match, per report

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis will return to the lineup Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, subject to setbacks in his pregame warmups, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Davis has been out since Dec. 16, when he suffered a stress reaction in his right foot while also breaking a bone spur. Davis will have a minutes restriction of 20-24 minutes, according to McMenamin.

Davis was arguably playing the best basketball of his career before he got hurt. He is averaging 27.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game for the Lakers, but more importantly, he managed to pull them out of the bottom after they started the season 2-10. From the moment LeBron James was injured, Davis led the Lakers to a 9-6 record until his injury. He averaged about 33 points per game. game in that stretch if you exclude the two games he left early.

Davis carried the Lakers when James was out, but since Davis went down, LeBron has returned the favor. Assuming Davis is back on Wednesday, the Lakers will have gone 11-10 and remained firmly in the play-in hunt at 22-26. James has averaged about 34 points per game. fight since Davis fell. Key players Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV were also injured during that stretch, but James has played so well that it hasn’t mattered.

James and Davis have each looked like the best player in the NBA for stretches of this season. Now they have to play together again. The last time the two of them did it over a full season, the Lakers won a championship. They have a long way to go to reach that level again, but if that is to happen, it now looks like it will start on Wednesday against San Antonio.

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