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Anthony Davis ‘cleared to advance his on court work;' no return timeline

LeBron James recently joined Anthony Davis on the injured list. Michael Holley and Michael Smith discuss how this could complicate things for Los Angeles and potentially open up the race in the Western Conference.

Anthony Davis is improving and can do more work on the court as he works to recover from Achilles tendinosis and a calf strain.

There still is no timeline for Davis to return.

The Lakers — who are also without LeBron James indefinitely due to a high ankle sprain — updated Davis’ status to the media Friday:

Davis has been seen doing some solo on-court workouts pregame in recent weeks. However, before the Lakers’ game Friday, coach Frank Vogel said Davis was still a ways away from playing.

The Lakers have gone 7-10 with Davis out, but 0-4 since LeBron joined him in the training room.

Davis has averaged 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds a game this season and was named to the All-Star team, but could not play in the game. The Lakers have been 6.7 points per 100 possessions better when he is on the court this season (although a lot of those minutes are with LeBron).

The Lakers, 28-17, have slipped to fourth in the West and could fall further with Davis and LeBron sidelined. Seeding, however, may matter less to the defending champions than any other team — if LeBron and Davis are healthy, the Lakers will set the bar in the West, and for the Larry O’Brien trophy.