Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis could return this weekend

With the 2020-21 NBA season drawing to a close, the Los Angeles Lakers got some good news relating to Anthony Davis. Sidelined since February 16 with an Achilles’ injury, Davis could very well return this weekend.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel broke the news ahead of his team’s game against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Specifically, Davis can resume full on-court activity.

Vogel noted that it’s a possibility Anthony Davis could play Saturday against the Western Conference leading Utah Jazz in one of the biggest games this coming weekend around the NBA.

Davis, 28, has missed the past 27 games due to the Achilles’ injury. The Lakers have gone 13-14 during that span. Remember, he returned from what was deemed a separate Achilles’ injury after just a two-game absence back on Feb. 12. The Lakers drew some criticism by getting him back on the court in such a short period of time.

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Davis is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds on 53% shooting from the field for the defending champions. For their part, the Lakers entered Thursday’s game against Boston at 34-21 on the season and as the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

As for LeBron James’ absence, he likely won’t be back until the beginning of April. The reigning NBA Finals MVP has been sidelined since March 21 with a high-ankle sprain.