December 7, 2022

Lakers News: Anthony Davis knee injury to be reassessed early next week | Launderer’s report

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is still recovering from a sprained knee that kept him out last month.

Head coach Frank Vogel told reporters Friday that Davis will be re-evaluated early next week before the team provides another update.

Davis suffered a MCL sprain in his left knee on Dec. 17 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and hasn’t played since.

The 28 year old player missed two games with what was described as knee pain earlier in December, while thumb and thigh issues limited him early in the season.

This creates more question marks over the durability of the striker, who has only played 36 games in 2020-21 due to an Achilles injury. Only twice in his first nine NBA seasons has he reached 70 games played.

The eight-time All-Star remains an impact player, averaging 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season.

Davis was one of the best players in the NBA in 2019-20 while helping the Lakers win the NBA title. The two-way star averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game that year, earning first-team All-Defensive honors.

The Lakers could use that level of production to get back into contention in the Western Conference, but they’ve also shown a willingness to go with a small roster.

Los Angeles has gone 5-7 in its last 12 games without Davis in the lineup. He ranks seventh in the Western Conference standings with a 21-21 record.