The team said that in the upcoming Los Angeles Lakers season, Anthony Davis will return to the team on Thursday and missed the first half of the Lakers’ first-round series against the Phoenix Suns due to a groin strain injury. Before the game, head coach Frank Vogel told reporters that the decision to let Davis play will be made by the Lakers’ medical staff after evaluating Davis on the court.
Thursday’s loss will make Lakers the sixth defending champion in league history. He will lose in the first half of the playoffs next year. The Suns are waiting for Davis, who averaged 34 points and 10.5 rebounds in L’s two victories. “We have been preparing for Anthony’s game,” Suns coach Monty Williams said before the game.
Vogel said that Lakers guard Kentavious Pope, who missed the fourth game and left early due to pain in his left knee, will also participate in the game. Marc Gasol will replace Andre Drummond as the center. Vogel was asked if he would allow Davis and Caldwell-Pope to use longer straps than normal. “I mean, it’s just a feeling,” he said. Anytime, of course, the coaching staff and I will evaluate and measure the movement of these guys when they are on the court, so we will watch the first half, every minute, every game, and then we will go to evaluate them overnight.
After losing 30 points to the Suns in Game 5, Vogel said his team will “know what we are made of” in Game 6. He reminded him of the date before the game and asked him if he had any details about the Lakers’ performance. Will reply in time. “We will know tonight,” Vogel said.”I know our players are in a good mood, confident, ready to participate in today’s tour and yesterday’s shooting. So I have a feeling that we will have a good night.