Lakers’ LeBron James probable, Anthony Davis questionable to play Sunday vs. Mavs
According to Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times, LeBron James is probable to play in Sunday’s game against the Mavericks despite his groin injury among other ailments. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis is listed as questionable due to a shoulder injury suffered against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Last night both LeBron James and Anthony Davis said they planned to play today. James is listed as probable on today’s injury report and Davis is listed as questionable.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 29, 2019
The Lakers were able to snap a four-game losing streak with their 128-120 win over the Blazers. James had an excellent performance just a couple days shy of his 35th birthday, posting 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in the win. Meanwhile, Davis complimented James’ effort with his 20-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance.
This is a big-time matchup for the Lakers considering the Mavericks are legit playoff contenders this season. Led by European imports Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks currently have a 21-10 record — good for fourth place in the Western Conference and just 3.5 games behind the Lakers.
With that being said, the long-term health of the Lakers’ two main stars — James and Davis — is a lot more important than a regular season matchup against a potential playoff opponent.
When factoring in that this is on the end of a back-to-back, the Lakers could simply opt to rest Davis.