How Anthony Davis’ return affects the Lakers

It’s a welcome sight for Lakers fans as star big man Anthony Davis is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Spurs despite a questionable tag. Davis has missed five and a half weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his foot.

If AD returns to action, he will be on a 20-24 minutes restriction as he eases back into game shape.

The 29-year-old was having an MVP-level campaign before going down, averaging 27/12/3 with 2.1 blocks and shooting 59.4%.

Getting AD back in the lineup could catapult LA up the standings. Despite sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference, the Lakers are just three games back of the 5th seed. Adding a superstar back to the lineup will help significantly. 

While the offense has been number six in the league since Davis has been out, their defense has been lackluster. Davis anchors the defense, and getting him back in the lineup should improve that side of the ball dramatically. The offense should also only get better with one of their top scorers back on the floor, putting less defensive pressure from opposing teams on his teammates.

Darvin Ham’s rotation will also get the addition of Rui Hachimura tonight, who was acquired in a trade with the Wizards on Monday. 

Lonnie Walker IV is questionable tonight, while Austin Reaves's return is right around the corner.

This puts the Lakers in a prime position to move up in the standings. LeBron James is playing at a high level at 38 years old, and he is getting his running mate back with Davis. They are the best duo in the league when they are on the floor together, and it will be exciting to see how quickly they can get on a roll.

If the Lakers can stay healthy for the remainder of the season, they are a dangerous team out West.

1 comment

  • It’s been so long for the lakers fans now ad is right back to the lineup we’re gonna be the most dangerous team in the league no one want to meet us
    By a laker fan


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