EL SEGUNDO, California – Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis said he expects to play against the Sacramento Kings on Friday after playing a game to rest his injured shoulders and ribs.
Davis said Friday morning. "Felt good."
The eight-year veteran warned against making the final decision after going through his foreplay shooting routine, but all indications suggest that the Lakers Davis are back in the lineup.
Davis averages 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 blocks this season.
LA routed the Golden State Warriors 120-94 with Davis on the sidelines. As pleased as he was that his team performed well without him, it did not motivate him to find more time to rest.
"How about load management? No," Davis said. "Obviously, it's great [to win] .If something happens that someone has to put off, that's fine, but I think nobody on this team is likely to suspend it."
Davis said that the injury to His ribs is causing him more discomfort at the time than his shoulder.
"You can not really do much, but just let it heal," he said.
Wednesday's game was the first time Davis left this season. He has repeatedly described his injury history in his first seven seasons in New Orleans as something he wants to leave behind.
"I want to play," said Davis. "But if I say that, the training staff will probably hesitate more, [let me play] If I'm still a bit bothered, [they’ll] I should put up with it, or if it feels good, I'll play." .. Just to know how the team played when I was sitting outside, I do not have to be in a hurry to get back.
Davis admitted that he was thinking about opponents targeting him when he plays injured.  "I've been thinking about this every game," Davis said. "Above all, I know that they used to be the Have attacked a player's injury. I did not feel any other teams were trying to attack my shoulder or anything. "It's the first time in six years this spring and offsets the short-term gains that come from opposing the potential long-term consequences
"It's super tough," said Davis, "It's a long season. It's early in the season. You do not want to go on playing and then it gets worse. So it's always in the back of my mind. But at the same time you want to play. "So you have to listen to your body, be honest with the training staff and try to do what you can do in a way that is best for improving the team."