Earlier this week, Anthony Davis returned to the court in a big way for the LA Lakers as the team picked up a 113-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs. After exiting the December 16th showdown against the Denver Nuggets with a foot injury, Davis then wound up sitting out the next month.
When Davis returned on January 25th, his presence was immediately felt. In just 26 minutes off the bench, Davis recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks, picking up right where he left off in December. Given how big of an impact he made in the win over the Spurs, all eyes have been on LA to see whether Davis plays in Saturday's game against the Boston Celtics
He is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Celtics, who lead the league with a 35-15 record, according to the NBA's official injury report. According to reports, it's a matter of how many minutes he will play rather than whether he will play at all. Should he play, he should see minutes similar to the 27 he played against the Spurs.
Above, you can see some highlights from his spectacular return to the floor against the Spurs on Wednesday.
Anthony Davis' return and what it means for the LA Lakers
It's no secret that this year has been a rough one for the LA Lakers without Anthony Davis. With the former champ playing in just 26 of the team's 49 games, they've continued to struggle time and time again. Although the return of Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant to the lineup in December helped give the team a spark, they lacked another dominant player on the court.
LeBron James, of course, has continued to put up MVP-caliber numbers, averaging a near career-high 29.9 points per game. Davis being out on the floor alongside James could give the team the push they need.
After his impressive return on Wednesday, head coach Darvin Ham spoke about the impact the eight-time All-Star has on the court, saying:
"I thought he looked good, you can tell, a few possessions a little timing issue or whatnot but overall great, A+, he just makes the game look so easy. Takes so much pressure off us defensively, offensively you can go to him, he can score all three levels. Just really being aggressive and resubmerging himself into the system, into the game action."
With LeBron James listed as questionable for Saturday's showdown with the Boston Celtics, the team is going to need all the help they can get. As the Celtics continue to tear through the Eastern Conference, they currently find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they sit in the midst of a 3-game skid.
Given that the team has high hopes of making the playoffs and avenging their 2021-22 NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors, they're eager to turn things around. With Marcus Smart sidelined with an ankle sprain, however, that may be easier said than done.
With the Lakers continuing to show flashes of brilliance this season, it will be interesting to see whether the team can compete with the best of the best.
You can see Darvin Ham's comments kicking off the video above.