Three Things to Know: Lakers at Heat – 1/23/22

The Lakers (23-23) are in Miami (29-17) to face the Heat for game two of their six-game trip, following a Friday evening win at Orlando. The contest tips at 3:00 p.m. Pacific on Spectrum SportsNet.

Below are three things to know about the matchup:

AD’s RETURN?
On Saturday afternoon, we got an update on Anthony Davis, who’s missed 16 straight games since spraining his left MCL against Minnesota on Dec. 17.

Anthony Davis (left knee MCL sprain) has been upgraded to questionable for the Heat game on Sunday. He’ll be a game-time decision.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 22, 2022

Davis has been progressing steadily with his rehabilitation, most recently completing a pregame workout in Orlando. Davis will go through another workout prior to tipoff at Miami, consult with the team’s medical staff, and they’ll make a collective decision about whether he’ll return for Sunday’s game.

The Lakers have gone 7-9 in AD’s absence, after managing a 3-0 mark when he missed time earlier this season.

His return would be a major boost for Frank Vogel, on both sides of the court, against a Heat team L.A. last played back on Nov. 10.

AVAILABILITY ADJUSTMENTS
The Lakers managed to beat Miami 120-117 in OT on Nov. 10, despite missing LeBron James due to the abdominal injury that kept him out for eight games.

Malik Monk exploded for 27 points on a super-efficient 10 of 13 FG’s, with Russell Westbrook putting…

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