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Injury Update: Davis, Kuzma and Cook
A day after the MRI on Anthony Davis’ thumb came back showing nothing further than the original diagnosis of a sprain, the All-Star practiced in full on Tuesday and said he hopes to make his Staples Center debut on Wednesday evening.
“I kinda knew (it wasn’t serious),” said Davis. “I knew it was just a jam … it felt fine at practice today.”
Davis said the thumb got hit a few times at practice today, but that’s what he wanted, in order to tough it out. The plan is to see how he feels tomorrow prior to the game, and if it continues to feel good, he’ll play.
Head coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t see any limitations for Davis in practice, but will wait until Wednesday afternoon to determine if he’ll play against the Warriors.
“We’re going to be safe and see how he feels tomorrow,” said Vogel.
I asked Davis what he’s learned from the various line ups that have been employed across four preseason games thus far, and how he feels with two remaining.
“We’re trying to run different line ups, but we’re figuring it out,” he said. “Obviously we have a long way to go, but we have guys who (know) the game of basketball and are figuring things out.”
Before practice, Vogel had the Lakers head outside to the turf field across the street from the UCLA Health Training Center. AD, content to stretch, left it to LeBron and Rajon Rondo to throw bombs across the field.
KUZMA WILL “TAKE SOME TIME” TO RETURN
Like Davis, Kyle Kuzma went through some tests when the team returned to China, and after a scan of his ankle area (stress reaction), it was determined that he could do non-contact activity on the court.
“There’s still progression to be had,” said Vogel. “He was very limited with what he did today, and it was all non-contact in limited duration. It’s going to take some time for him to get his legs under him and build up to the point where he’s playing live with contact, and then some time where we want to see him perform in that and respond well to that before we clear him to play.”
Up next: continued shooting, some Alter-G (anti-gravity treadmill) work, scripted offense with a coach, 1-on-1 with a coach, then eventually full speed, all with no contact.
Obviously, Kuzma won’t be playing in the preseason games this week as he continues to progress.
COOK TO DEBUT?
Quinn Cook practiced in full on Tuesday, which will give him a chance to make his preseason debut after a sore calf has kept him out to this point. Vogel said they’ll see how Cook responds to practice before making a determination.
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