Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis cleared for full-contact practice, nearing return

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has been cleared for full-contact practice and his return to game action is imminent, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Thursday.

It has been a while since Vogel has had a reason to smile when asked about the health of his players. However, Vogel broke out a grin when asked about Davis being reevaluated by L.A.’s medical staff two months after leaving the lineup with a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg.

“Good news,” Vogel said.

Davis, 28, sat out Thursday’s loss to the Boston Celtics and is “unlikely” to play in the Lakers’ upcoming two-game set against the Utah Jazz on Saturday and Monday, according to Vogel. The coach left the door slightly ajar, though, adding it is “not out of the question” for Davis to make his return against Utah.

Vogel said with certainty that Davis will be eased into the workload he assumed before being sidelined Feb. 14 when he planted his foot wrong against the Denver Nuggets.

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