As the Los Angeles Lakers get prepared for Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers, they are hoping to have Anthony Davis in the lineup.
The Los Angeles Lakers were able to take a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 20-point win in Game 4.
Despite losing the first game of the series, the Lakers have responded very well. After losing in Game 1, the Lakers looked like they could be in trouble. Portland was riding high coming into the playoffs, and they certainly had momentum after a Game 1 win.
The Lakers responded in a big way in Game 2 and blew Portland out. Since then, it has been all Lakers, as they were able to win Game 4 in convincing fashion too. While things look good with the Lakers up 3-1 in the series, they did have a little bit of a scare with Anthony Davis leaving a bit early due to some back spasms.
While Davis has been fairly healthy for the Lakers so far, he does have the reputation of missing some time with nagging injuries. Luckily, it looks as though Davis will be ready to go for Game 5. Here’s what Frank Vogel said to Silver Screen and Roll about Davis.
"“He was just moving a little gingerly,” Vogel said of Davis after practice on Tuesday. “I felt like he would loosened up if it were a close game and we needed him to finish, but obviously with the score what it was, we erred on the side of caution.“Just in talking to him right before I came out here, he feels good to go for tomorrow night. I think we’re going to list him as probable, but he should be good to go tomorrow night.”"
So far in the series, Davis has been a huge factor. Even though he played just 18 minutes in Game 4, he was still able to total 18 points. For the most part, Portland has had no answer for him on the defensive end, as he has been living on the free throw line.
Hopefully, the Lakers will be able to finish off the Trail Blazers in five games, as they will be without Damian Lillard. Getting the series finished against Portland will just allow the Lakers to get some nice extra rest before the second round.