Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis finally returned to the court Thursday night after being sidelined for over two months with Achilles tendinosis and a calf strain. It was a rather disappointing return for the 28-year-old.
In a 115-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Davis notched four points, four rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes. Despite his uneven performance, the 28-year-old said after the game that he wasn’t thinking about his injury.
“I didn’t think about it one time tonight,” Davis said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Honestly, I just went out there and played. I think it can limit what you do if you’re out there thinking about your injury, so I just went out and played and not think about it. Just go out there and have fun and be excited to be back on the floor. That was my main thing. I was just excited to be back on the floor with the guys, so I never thought about it. I never did a limit to any moves. Wasn’t hesitant with anything, so that was a good sign for me.”
Thursday was the first time Davis got to suit up alongside Andre Drummond, who signed with the Lakers after being bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Although Davis returned, the Lakers are still without LeBron James, who has been out for the past month with a high-ankle sprain. The team has yet to field a lineup that boasts Davis, Drummond and James.
The Lakers are fifth in the Western Conference with a 35-24 record and sit nine games back of the first-place Utah Jazz. With 13 games remaining in the regular season, it’s hard to imagine L.A. grabbing the top spot in the conference with James still sidelined.