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"> insider Rachel Nichols, Davis shared his expectations heading into the Lakers title-defending playoff run.
"Put us up against anyone," the eight-time All Star said. "I don't think no one wants to see us first round... I think we're capable of beating anyone in a seven-game series."
After tipping off the season as favorites to repeat in 2021, the Lakers have hit a few snags in the later stages of the year.
Missing time through most of February and all of March, Davis' injury struggles have led to a rough patch for LA. In the 30 games that the former No. 1 overall pick missed with his Achilles/calf injury, the Lakers went 14-16. He was finally able to return to play on Thursday for a 115-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks -- scoring just four points on 2-10 shooting through a limited 17 minutes.
The Lakers doubled down on their injury woes in late March when their other superstar player, LeBron James, suffered a serious ankle sprain. According to reports from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, James could return sometime as early as May 2.
With the unstoppable duo set to be closer to full strength before the playoffs start in late May, the Lakers' title hopes will take a significant leap.