Anthony Davis could barely force himself up and down the floor in the closing stages of Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals, but he’s expected to give it a go on Sunday night.
According to multiple reports, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel addressed the media ahead of the contest, stating that Davis will definitely be playing with some “soreness” for Game 6 against the Miami Heat but that he should be good to go once “the adrenaline kicks in.”
"He's gonna have some soreness in there," Vogel says on AD's heel bruise. "The hope is once he gets up and down the floor the adrenaline kicks in, it shouldn't be an issue."
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 11, 2020
Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis’ right heel contusion will likely cause him to experience “soreness” in Game 6 but said that the adrenaline rush from the competition should help him push through it.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 11, 2020
Davis has been listed as “probable” ever since he reaggravated a right heel contusion that he initially injured back in the Western Conference Finals. During the first quarter of Game 5 against the Miami Heat, Davis landed awkwardly on the same foot and immediately went to the ground in severe pain. While he ultimately returned in the second quarter and appeared fine, Davis was later spotted moving around with a significant limp throughout the final minutes of regulation.
Having Davis in the lineup is undoubtedly good news for the Lakers, even if he isn’t at 100 percent. This is a potential Championship-clinching game. L.A. has already elected to announce a rotation change, replacing center Dwight Howard with point guard Alex Caruso in the starting lineup. It’s time to get weird with it.
Game 6 is set to tipoff at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. If you missed our Game 6 preview post from earlier in the day, you can check that out here.