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Lakers' Anthony Davis won't let injuries change him on the court

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis absorbs contact almost every time he touches the ball. So even if the Lakers’ star has been sidelined for the past three games with soreness in his tailbone area, he has no plans on changing his approach once he returns.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Davis told USA TODAY on Tuesday evening at Sports City Market Social House where he was promoting a partnership with Ruffles. “Whether they try to be physical or whatever, I’ll still try to find a way to impact the game.”

With Davis listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game at Staples Center against the Orlando Magic, he will complete a pre-game workout in hopes to play for the first time since sustaining his current injury Jan. 7. Since Davis has yet to complete any sprinting or contact drills, though, his return might not happen until at least Saturday, the start of a five-game road trip.

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Lakers forward Anthony Davis has not played since Jan. 7.

Davis has averaged 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this season despite nursing soreness in his right shoulder since the third game of the season. He also remains a favorite for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award.  No wonder Lakers coach Frank Vogel lauded Davis “for showing great toughness all year.”

Davis has adopted that mindset partly because of LeBron James. He has admired James for his disciplined routine that entails working out, receiving massages and icing his body after every game. Last year was the first time in James’ 16-year career that he missed double-digit games (27) due to injury. 

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