Anthony Davis might be a game-time determination for Sport 6 in opposition to the Phoenix Suns at Staples Middle on Thursday.
“Hopefully all of the rehab and therapy that I’m doing pays off and the medical doctors clear me to go,” Davis advised reporters on Wednesday.
“So, getting extra therapy tonight, tomorrow and type of discuss to the medical doctors earlier than the sport — earlier than and after I shoot — and hopefully all the pieces comes again good the place they clear me. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
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Davis additionally touched on the agonising expertise of being pressured to look at from the sideline because the Lakers suffered a brutal 115-85 loss in Sport 5 on Tuesday.
“It’s powerful,” he stated. “Particularly [Tuesday] evening, watching the sport and never having the ability to assist the workforce on the ground. It’s the hardest half, understanding that I couldn’t contribute. My physique simply wouldn’t permit me to.”
Davis suffered a hyperextended left knee in Sport 3, touchdown awkwardly after blocking a shot by Devin Booker from behind.
The Lakers massive man stated there was a direct hyperlink between enjoying on knee and groin accidents.
“The groin occurred due to the tightness within the knee from the hyperextension,” he stated. “I used to be feeling the knee type of the entire sport.
“Even the primary couple performs, was feeling it. And simply went as much as attempt to lay the ball up, and as quickly as I went up, I simply felt it from my knee simply shoot up into my groin. That was type of the tip of it.”
Desperately hoping he may discover a solution to play in Sport 5, Davis hit the courtroom two hours earlier than tip-off to see how his physique was feeling, however knew nearly immediately that he wouldn’t have the ability to go well with up.
“I simply wasn’t in a position to actually transfer,” Davis stated. “And each transfer that we make, it begins with the groin. Another harm, the knee and all that, you possibly can type of finagle a solution to transfer, however the groin is a tricky place. So, I simply wasn’t in a position to do it final evening.”
Davis was additionally inspired by LeBron James to not rush his return and are available again too quickly, in accordance with Yahoo Sports activities’ Chris Haynes.
If there’s any excellent news, it’s that Davis says he’s “getting higher every day”.
It’s no secret that the Lakers will want their star massive man – who averaged 34 factors and 10.5 rebounds within the Lakers’ two wins within the sequence – to have any likelihood of beating a red-hot Suns workforce.
The urgency surrounding Davis’s return has solely elevated following Chris Paul’s shoulder harm enhancing considerably and LeBron James not fairly trying like himself in Sport 5 and at different factors all through the sequence.
Sport 6 ideas off on Thursday at 10:30pm ET.