NBA Insider Gives Vital Update on Lakers’ LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ Return to the Lineup

Published 04/08/2021, 12:56 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been listed out because of injuries, it has been trouble in paradise for the Los Angeles Lakers. From being one of the top teams in the Western Conference, they have slid down to the fifth spot.

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With a 32-19 record, there is a fear that their standing in the West could become worse. However, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the purple and gold. The good news about Davis and LeBron James’ return has surfaced.

Major update on LeBron James return

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Anthony Davis has missed 23 games till now because an Achilles injury is the most feared and dangerous one to recover from. Although, his absence was taken lightly as long as LeBron James was in the lineup.

But after the All-Star weekend, Bron had an unfortunate night against the Atlanta Hawks, where he brutally injured his ankle.

Since then, the Lakers have been struggling to keep up and get victories home. Initially, there was no set timeline for their return, which made the situation worse. However, the organization now has a ray of hope and fans have a day to look forward to for their superstars to return.

As per Marc Stein of the New York Times, Davis “will return to the lineup after the Lakers’ five-game Eastern Conference swing underway.” But nothing can be set in stone when it involves an ACL injury. Until Davis actually comes back, one can’t be completely sure.

This also came with a development on LeBron’s injury status, who has also missed nine games till now. “The assumption is is that he will return by month’s end and duly return to elite form.

That being said, one should consider that this is his 18th season, and he is 37-years-old. This means his road to recovery won’t be as smooth.

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers trip to the East

The defending champions are headed to the Eastern conference for five games. In fact, they have already had their first win out of the five against the Toronto Raptors. This wasn’t just a blowout win, but this was the Lakers’ first win against Toronto after 2014.

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This might sound impressive, which it is, but the Raptors were under-manned with just eight players valuable to play. But without AD and LeBron, one can count this as an achievement for them.

Apr 6, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors guard DeAndre’ Bembry (95) steals the ball during the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The next few games won’t be easy either. They are scheduled to face their speculated title contender, the Brooklyn Nets, former title contenders, Miami Heat, and biggest rivals, the Boston Celtics. Will they be able to get more victories without their two stars?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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