Anthony Davis is a go for Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns, as long as warm-ups go as planned.
With his team on the brink of elimination, the Los Angeles Lakers star plans to suit up on Thursday after missing half of Game 4 and all of Game 5 with a groin strain, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Suns currently lead the Lakers 3-2 in their first-round series.
Davis had been officially listed as questionable for the game.
The loss of Davis, who averaged 27.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 blocks in the first three games of the series, has been noticeable. The Suns have outscored the Lakers 164-127 in the game-and-a-half since Davis’ exit, with Los Angeles struggling heavily on offense. The team shot only 34.5 percent from the field in Game 5.
Amid that blowout loss on Tuesday, Davis at least signaled he should be back soon. He flashed six fingers and nodded when it became clear the Lakers didn’t have it in Game 5. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes also reported that Davis told teammates he was going to push to play in Game 5, but was dissuaded by LeBron James, who advised him not to rush a return with the injury.
Now, Davis is on the verge of making his return to the court. The fate of the Lakers’ season could rest on just how ready he is to make a difference.
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