MIAMI — After missing 16 games with a left MCL sprain, Anthony Davis could make a return Sunday evening in Miami for a Lakers team in dire need of his talents.
The Lakers (23-23) officially listed the 6-foot-10 forward as questionable against the Heat. The final decision will be made close to tip-off. The Southern California News Group reported earlier in the week that Davis might return as early as Sunday.
The 28-year-old is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds this season, his third with the franchise. The Lakers have gone 7-9 without Davis in the recent stretch. Notably, LeBron James has picked up scoring in his absence, with 16 straight games of 25 points or more, but the Lakers are ready to welcome their top big man back with open arms.
“Whenever AD is ready, we gonna love that, that’s for sure,” James said Friday. “I mean he’s one of our biggest guns that we have, and having him on the floor, it just creates so much for us offensively and defensively, able to do so much more.”
Davis is expected to take on a starting center role for the Lakers, who intend to play smaller moving forward.
The organization hopes Davis can bring needed stability after a run of turmoil. Coach Frank Vogel has been in a precarious position since the team that stated its title aspirations before the season has been unable to escape the middle of…