At this point in the season, every game has become massively important for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With just 18 contests remaining and 1.5 games separating the fifth and tenth spots in the Western Conference, the Wolves have an equal shot of climbing several spots in the standings or falling out of the playoffs altogether by season’s end.
On Friday night, they will play their second straight game in Los Angeles, taking on the Lakers. The team in purple and gold is just 1.5 games back from Minnesota for the eighth seed, so this will be a pivotal matchup with big postseason implications.
Outside of Karl-Anthony Towns still being sidelined, the Timberwolves have seen improved injury luck in recent weeks. They will be taking on a Lakers team missing the likes of LeBron James, who suffered a foot injury on Sunday and will be re-evaluated by the team in three weeks. But Wolves fans will want to know about the availability of an additional Laker player as well: Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis injury status tonight vs Timberwolves:
Anthony Davis missed LA’s Wednesday contest with the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the second night of a back-to-back for the Lakers, so it appeared to be a precautionary measure after Davis missed more than a month with a right foot injury between December and January.
AD is currently listed as day-to-day on the Lakers’ official injury report, and he is considered probable to play against the Timberwolves. Barring a setback, all signs point to him being in the lineup on Friday.
Anthony Davis injury history:
The major injury that has plagued Davis this season is the right foot that caused him to miss 20 games starting in December. Since then, he has averaged 22.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game in 13 contests for the Lakers.
Over the course of his career, Anthony Davis has some of the most comprehensive injury history of any NBA player in recent memory. He missed 42 of LA’s 82 regular season games due to injury in 2021-22, after missing 36 of the 72 regular season games in the season before that. When he is healthy, he remains one of the most dominant interior forces in the league.
Full Lakers injury report vs Timberwolves:
After going down with an ankle injury against the Warriors last Thursday, former Timberwolves point guard D’Angelo Russell will miss his fourth straight game against Minnesota Friday night. Dennis Schroder also tweaked an ankle two nights ago, and he is listed as day-to-day for the Lakers. LeBron James remains out as well.
Full Timberwolves injury report vs Lakers:
Jaylen Nowell is on the Wolves’ injury report with left knee tendinopathy, and is currently questionable for Friday’s game. Taurean Prince returned for Minnesota on Tuesday night against the Clippers after a two-game absence due to personal reasons, and he is currently set to play again. Karl-Anthony Towns is still listed out for the Timberwolves.