Lakers star Anthony Davis to return Monday after five-game absence

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The Los Angeles Lakers will get star big man and MVP candidate Anthony Davis back on the court for Monday night’s huge game against the Boston Celtics.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports that Davis will return after missing the past five games to a gluteus maximus contusion in his lower back. Davis originally suffered the injury on a scary-looking fall against the New York Knicks on Jan. 7.

Riding the brilliant play of LeBron James, Los Angeles was able to win four of five with Davis sidelined.

That’s scary for opposing teams. Davis is averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this season. He’s seen as the top Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

Los Angeles heads into Monday’s holiday matchup against Boston with a 34-8 record.