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Lakers Anthony Davis Reveals Major Injury Update

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been without NBA All-Star Anthony Davis in their lineup since he left their win over the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 16 after playing just 17 minutes. He was diagnosed with a stress injury to his right foot two weeks ago.

Before the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Davis caught up with a small group of LA reporters to discuss the latest on his recovery from his injury. He explained that he “feels a lot better” but that he doesn’t have a set time frame. He will get another round of imaging when the Lakers return to Los Angeles.

“I feel a lot better, the pain has gone down tremendously,” Davis said via ESPN. “I think the next step is [the foot] healing at the moment. I don’t want to use timetables because that’s a completely different thing, but it heals pretty quickly.

“So when we get back to LA, we’ll take another picture of the foot and see how well it’s healed.”

Davis suffered a fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot when he collided with Nikola Jokic. He felt a lot of pain, which prompted him to take an X-ray during halftime. The results later showed the current diagnosis, sidelining him ever since. He described the pain as a “nine out of 10” but has now dropped to a “one or two” at the moment.

“I think that one move caused whatever caused it,” Davis said. “So when I went to get an X-ray at halftime, I was left with it, it was very painful.”

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Davis wants to be careful about the risk of further injury. There is a chance that a stress response could progress to a full-blown stress fracture, creating a significant problem.

“The stress response [can lead to] a stress fracture, and that’s a whole different ball game,” Davis said.

Davis explained that a doctor theorized that the bone spur had been present since his collegiate basketball career, meaning he had been playing with it for more than a decade. However, so far it had not caused him any problems. He wants to avoid having surgery to clear it out if possible.

“I don’t like surgery,” Davis said. “I feel like if it can be avoided, let’s avoid it.”

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Davis would potentially consider surgery in the off-season, but that would lead to a potentially lengthy recovery timeframe of “six, seven, eight months”. He wants to try being sidelined for a shorter period of time to see if he can recover as the Lakers try to battle for a playoff spot.

“Something to consider removing in the off-season [the bone spur]Davis said. “However, I think the most important thing is the stress response, just keep an eye on that. Because that can definitely lead to six, seven, eight months — which I’d rather do four weeks than seven months. I’m not saying I’ll be back in four weeks, but hopefully I will.”

Davis played at a high level before getting injured. He has averaged 27.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 blocks after fully embracing playing center position full-time, something he has been reluctant to do before.

“It was tough on me mentally just because of the fact that I came out with injuries last year and came out and had the mindset to get back to who I want to be as a player, in that form,” Davis said. “It was mentally tough for something like that to happen.”

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After recovering from injury, Davis is looking forward to returning to the Lakers lineup. When exactly that will be, he doesn’t know yet. He is focused on making the same dynamic impact he gave the team before being sidelined.

“I’m just really excited to get back on the floor,” Davis said. “[It] isn’t “Man, I need X number of games to get back into the groove” or “Maybe not the same.” That hasn’t even been a thought in my mind.

“My thought was, ‘Whenever that day is, it’s time to go.'”

The Lakers are 3.0 games away from the last play-in spot in the Western Conference. There’s still some time to get things going, but they’ll have to compete with the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder for that final spot.


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