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Anthony Davis says eye ‘getting better,’ plans to play vs. Clippers

Anthony Davis’ availability for Thursday’s season-resuming showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers was in doubt this week due to an eye injury. However, the Lakers star returned to practice Wednesday, meaning there’s a chance he will be on the court when the NBA resumes its season in Orlando, Fla., after a lengthy shutdown.

Footage shared on social media shows Davis back on the practice court participating in a light shooting workout.

Davis originally suffered the injury when he was inadvertently poked in the eye during Saturday’s scrimmage against the Orlando Magic. He then sat out Sunday’s scrimmage, leading to speculation that Davis may miss Thursday’s game.

That concern was reinforced by how Davis was still wearing sunglasses as recently as Tuesday to protect his injured eye as he sat out practice.

Davis told reporters Wednesday that the plan is for him to play Thursday night, but he will first be reevaluated by doctors.

The Lakers enjoy a comfortable cushion atop the Western Conference thanks to a 5.5-game lead over the second-seeded Clippers. With only eight games remaining in the seeding portion of the NBA’s resumption, the Lakers enjoy some leeway as the team embarks on a long-delayed title run.

With that in mind, the Lakers could play it cautious with Davis, although it’s important that he — and the same can be said for every player on the 22 teams down in the bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex — get the opportunity to knock off months worth of rust ahead of the postseason kicking into high gear next month.