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Take a deep breath, Lakers fans. Help is on the way in the form of an eight-time All-Star.

Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis told reporters Wednesday that he plans to play Thursday against Dallas as long as he feels good coming out of practice. Davis had been sidelined for more than two months after reaggravating his right Achilles tendonosis and suffering a calf strain in a Feb. 14 loss to Denver.

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Davis now feels “100 percent healthy” and ready to play, but LA will be taking a cautious approach with the 28-year-old. Lakers coach Frank Vogel says Davis will be on a minutes restriction as he builds up his conditioning and regains his form down the final stretch of the 2020-21 regular season.

Vogel added that LeBron James, who hasn’t played since spraining his ankle against the Hawks on March 20, remains out indefinitely. There is no new timetable on when he could return to the starting lineup.

The Lakers have managed to avoid sliding into the range of the Western Conference play-in tournament, but they have unsurprisingly struggled to win consistently without their two best players. Davis should provide a boost for a Los Angeles team that has gone 7-9 since James’ injury.

In 23 games this season, Davis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 steals.





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