The Los Angeles Lakers have been without Anthony Davis for over a month and have only played with both Davis and LeBron James 15 times this season. That all is bound likely going to change on Tuesday, as Anthony Davis has been listed as probable to return from his knee injury.
This could not have come at a better time for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have struggled all season but recently the chaos has extended off the court as well. The return of Davis can hopefully lead to more consistent play so the team can finally get comfortably above .500.
Of course, Davis needs to play better than he was before he suffered the knee injury. Prior to getting hurt, Davis was having the worst season of his career since his rookie year. The guy that looked like a bonafide top-10 player in the 2020 bubble is gone. With how Davis played before getting hurt, it is hard to put him in the top 20, even if he is a top seven talent.
Two specific things must happen for Anthony Davis to play better in his Los Angeles Lakers return.
The Los Angeles Lakers are not going to suddenly be the bonafide title contender that they were expected to be before the season. However, if the team is ever going to pick up some momentum it is now before the All-Star Break.
If the Lakers play their cards right then we might have a completely different mindset a month from now. That will only happen though if these two things transpire.