Lakers' Anthony Davis Cleared to Advance on-Court Work in Calf Injury Rehab

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIMarch 27, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, and forward LeBron James watch from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis will take the next step in his rehab process and ramp up on-court activities, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. 

Dave McMenamin @mcten

The latest on what the Lakers are saying about AD: “Anthony Davis was re-examined by team medical staff earlier this evening. He continues to progress in his recovery and has been cleared to advance his on court work. Additional updates will be given when appropriate.”

Bill Oram @billoram

Lakers said tonight Anthony Davis can progress to “increased volume and intensity in shooting, dribbling and position specific drills” in his rehab

Davis has been out with an Achilles injury since Feb. 14, kicking off a spate of injuries across the Lakers roster with Marc Gasol, LeBron James, Alex Caruso and Jared Dudley all missing time in recent weeks. 

Los Angeles is just 7-10 since Davis' injury ahead of Friday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There's still no definitive timeline for Davis' return as Los Angeles work to make sure their star forward's long-term health isn't jeopardized by a rush back to the lineup.

That's put the title defense on shaky ground with L.A. having dropped four straight coming into Friday. The road ahead gets a bit easier as Marc Gasol is back from a conditioning stint after exiting COVID-19 protocol, but his minutes are still being monitored closely. 

In 23 games this season, Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor. 

The sooner the Lakers can get him back, the better their chances are of repeating as NBA champions. The team just won't prioritize a timeline over the way Davis' body reacts to treatment.