Lakers forward Anthony Davis says the plan is to play tonight against the Clippers in the league’s first day of regular season restart games.
“That’s the plan,” Davis said after the team practice on Wednesday. “I’ll get evaluated again tonight by one of the doctors here and kind of get an update from them.”
The former UK star big-man was inadvertently poked in the eye by Michael Carter-Williams in a scrimmage game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night, and then missed the team’s final scrimmage game on Monday and practice on Tuesday due to sensitivity issues in the eye. This raised concerns about Davis’s availability for the Lakers’ restart opener tonight, but by his words last night it seems likely he will be suiting up. AD is also expected to wear the safety goggles that he is pictured wearing above in the feature image at last night’s practice.
Los Angeles’s premier big man had been averaging 26.7 points per game along with 9.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per outing this season before league operations were halted due to Covid-19. He is touted as a NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate and is obviously a huge part of LA’s drive to a championship, so his presence in Orlando is clearly important.
This season is easily the biggest chance for Davis to take home an NBA championship ring, as the Lakers are tied with Milwaukee as the biggest favorites to win the title (5/2, +250).