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Lakers superstar Anthony Davis pain free, ‘getting closer’ to return

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be without Anthony Davis for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. However, after a scary fall on Jan. 7, Davis appears to be nearing a return.

“Right now, just talking to you? Zero [pain] right now,” Davis said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN when asked about how he is feeling in that moment. “It’s the movement that kind of gets me. But … I’m getting closer to getting back on the floor with these guys.”

Despite the steps forward that Davis believed that he had taken by Tuesday, he and the team will remain cautious moving forward. Head coach Frank Vogel noted that the big man was still feeling some soreness and was not ready to take the floor against Orlando.

“He moved a lot more,” Vogel said of Davis’ progression over the last few days, according to Melissa Rohlin of Sports Illustrated. “It wasn’t live action. The coaches bumped him around a little bit trying to test it. He’s still not ready.”

The next opportunity that Anthony Davis will have to return to live action is on Saturday as the Lakers embark on a tough five-game road trip. They start it off with a match against fellow West powerhouse Houston Rockets before heading to the East to take on the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

The 2019-20 year has been a dominant one for Anthony Davis when he has been healthy enough to take the floor, averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest. His contributions have helped spur Los Angeles to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference (with a five-game cushion) entering play Wednesday.

The Lakers seem in little hurry to rush Davis back to the lineup, as their championship aspirations remain paramount.