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Lakers coach Frank Vogel admits Anthony Davis still feels some ‘soreness,’ wants him pain-free

Lakers, Frank Vogel, Anthony Davis

Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis is set to miss his third straight game after being ruled out versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. And it appears head coach Frank Vogel is taking a cautious approach with his recovery.

Davis is still nursing a gluteus maximus contusion he suffered in a win against the New York Knicks. According to Mark Medina of USA Today, Vogel says he is still experiencing some soreness:

Vogel added that Davis is making the necessary progress and is “closer” to return, via Harrison Feigan of SB Nation:

“They’re gonna be day-to-day and I’ll communicate with the medical team, but we want them as close to pain free as possible,” Frank Vogel added.

Although the Lakers have yet to determine an exact timetable, Vogel’s comments indicate that the injury is not deemed to be too severe. Regardless, it seems they are willing to wait until Anthony Davis feels 100 percent to make his return.

The approach is certainly understandable considering how important Davis is for their championship expectations in the 2019-20 NBA season. The Lakers had afforded themselves the luxury of allowing him to sit out while they still hold a comfortable five-game lead in the Western Conference.

AD’s absence has also allowed some of the other role players to step up and find their rhythm on both sides of the floor, particularly Kyle Kuzma who had a big game for the Lakers in their recent win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.