Anthony Davis is confident he will be fit if the Lakers face the Clippers in their NBA restart opener outside Orlando, Fla on Thursday.
Davis returned to practice on Wednesday after being sidelined due to a poke in the eyes during the Lakers’ scrimmage game against the Orlando Magic.
“The eye is getting better, much better than when I got this at first,” Davis told reporters. “I’m going in the right direction. That’s the plan I’m going to play. “
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The seven-time All Star practiced in goggles, but hopes he can resume the game without the goggles.
“It was definitely different in practice,” he said. “It felt different. I don’t necessarily have to wear them (Thursday), it’s just a precaution.
“When I need them, they are there. I didn’t want to wear them in a game for the first time. I wanted to test them in practice. As the training progressed, I got used to it.”
The setback of his eye injury aside, Davis feels refreshed as the Lakers prepare to resume their bid for championship glory.
“I think it was good for everyone,” he said of the forced interruption of the disease caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think guys have used that time to take good care of their bodies and make sure they came again.”