Anthony Davis sends warning to rest of NBA: ‘I don’t think no one wants to see us in the first round’

Robert Marvi
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Now that superstar big man Anthony Davis has returned to game action for the Los Angeles Lakers, he has fired off a warning to the rest of the league.

“No matter where we fall, we know that we’re capable of still winning a championship,” said Davis. “Injuries played a part this season for us but we always say: it just makes it a lot sweeter at the end, to go through something like this. I’d put us up against anyone. I don’t think no one wants to see us in the first round. I know the type of team that we have and I know what we can do. I think we’re capable of beating anyone in a seven-game series.”

Davis went on the injured list in mid-February due to a calf strain and Achilles tendonosis. He has returned for the team’s last two games, albeit in limited minutes.

The team’s strategy seems to be to gradually ramp up Davis’ playing time to prevent a relapse.

Fellow superstar LeBron James is still out due to a high ankle sprain, but he could be set to return soon.

The Lakers are currently in fifth place in the Western Conference. There is a chance they could fall to sixth place, as they are only 1.5 games ahead of the sixth-place Dallas Mavericks.

A sixth-place finish could set up a very tough first-round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers or Phoenix Suns, while staying in fifth place would likely result in playing an injury-riddled Denver Nuggets team.

Still, many around the league feel that, if healthy, the Lakers are the favorites to win the NBA championship this summer.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.