LOS ANGELES — Lakers star big man Anthony Davis will return to the lineup on Wednesday against the visiting San Antonio Spurs barring a setback in his pregame warmup, league sources tell ESPN.
Davis will be on a 20 to 24 minute restriction, recovering from a foot injury that had some medical staff predicting an eight to 10 week recovery time, sources said. 5 1/2 weeks ago he suffered a bone spur fracture and a stress reaction in his right foot.
The Lakers went 10-10 in Davis’ absence, after falling to the LA Clippers 133-115 on Tuesday.
“I expected nothing but to go out and compete,” LeBron James said after the Clippers game when asked how the Lakers were doing without Davis. “It wasn’t like, ‘OK, AD is out, what can we do?’ You go out and play the game and see what happens.”
Davis averaged 27.4 points this season before the injury, while posting career highs in rebounds (12.1 per game) and field goal percentage (59.4%), averaging 2 ,1 blocks.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham pulled his key players from the rotation with 5:07 remaining in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, essentially conceding defeat with his team trailing 121-103.
It could have been an early move to save their legs to join Davis in Wednesday’s lineup against Spurs.
“I made the executive decision to pull the plug,” Ham explained. “Knowing that we have a game to play tomorrow, we have to give ourselves the best chance of winning.”
Rui Hachimura, acquired in a trade on Monday, will also be available to play against Spurs, according to Ham.