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Lakers’ Anthony Davis to play vs. Sixers after missing Pelicans game


Los Angeles Lakers All-Star power forward Anthony Davis will be active on Tuesday night in his team’s home matchup with the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, per USA Today’s Mark Medina.

Additionally, backup guard Alex Caruso will be sidelined on Tuesday, Medina adds.

Davis, 26, was inactive against his former team, the New Orleans Pelicans, on March 1 in the Bayou with a sore right knee. The All-NBA big man has missed eight games this season for his new team Lakers, including one five-game stretch early January.

In 51 games during the 2019-20 season, Davis has averaged 26.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.

Davis was traded to the Lakers in the past offseason after seven seasons with the Pelicans following his first overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft. L.A. shipped out young players in Brandon Ingram (a first-time All-Star in 2020 for New Orleans), Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart along with four future first-round picks. “The Brow” is currently leading the purple and gold franchise in scoring—a first for a LeBron James team to not have the former high-school prodigy lead his team in scoring.

Without Davis healthy against the Pelicans, the Lakers defeated the 2019 draft No. 1 pick power forward Zion Williamson on Sunday. Davis had to miss the star-studded matchup with Williamson and New Orleans as the Lakers, the top team in the Western Conference, keep their eyes on the prize and try to maintain a healthy lineup, including their stars, before the 2020 postseason.

Davis is a free agent this summer, too, although all indication points to the All-Star forward re-signing with the Lakers on a massive contract.