Davis will be on a 20-24 minute restriction, easing back from an injury that had some medical personnel projecting an 8-10 week recovery timeframe, sources said. He will be back in the lineup 5½ weeks after suffering a fractured bone spur and stress reaction in his right foot.
“I didn’t expect anything besides just go out and compete,” LeBron James said after the Clippers game when asked about how the Lakers fared without Davis. “It wasn’t like, ‘OK, AD’s out, what can we do?’ You just go out and play the game and see what happens.”
Davis averaged 27.4 points, while posting career bests in rebounds per game (12.1) and field goal percentage (59.4%), along with 2.1 blocks per night this season prior to the injury.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham pulled his main rotation pieces with 5:07 remaining in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, essentially conceding the loss with his team trailing 121-103.
It could have been an anticipatory move to save their legs to join Davis in the lineup Wednesday against the Spurs.
“I made an executive decision to pull the plug,” Ham explained. “Knowing we have a game to play tomorrow, we have to give ourselves the best chance possible to win.”
Rui Hachimura, acquired in a trade on Monday, will also be available to play against the Spurs, according to Ham.