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Lakers’ Anthony Davis to return vs. Celtics after 5-game absence

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has missed five games due to a bruised tailbone, but he’s expected to make his return for Monday night’s game against the Boston Celtics.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shared news of Davis’ status on Monday morning:

Davis took a hard fall after a block attempt in a game against the New York Knicks earlier this month. The former No. 1 overall pick collided with Julius Randle in mid-air, causing him to lose his center of balance. As a result, Davis slammed to the court, landing directly on his backside.

Luckily, it wasn’t as bad as it looked for the Lakers star:

The fact that Davis is feeling well enough to play again is great news for the Lakers, who are currently holding a Western Conference-best 34-8 overall record. He took part in practices throughout this week, and it sounds like he’s ready for action. However, he could be placed on some sort of minutes restriction at first.

In his 35 appearances this season, Davis has racked up averages of 27.1 points on 57.4 percent shooting from the field (29.7 percent from beyond the arc), 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.2 minutes per outing.

Monday night’s matchup between the Lakers and Celtics is set to tip inside TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.