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Pacific Division Update: Davis, Lee, Allen, and Kawhi Gear Up for Crucial Contests

Anthony Davis Aims for Quick Comeback After Back Injury in Lakers’ Win

Los Angeles Lakers’ star Anthony Davis is optimistic about returning to the court for Tuesday’s critical play-in game against the New Orleans Pelicans, despite exiting Sunday’s victory early due to back spasms. As reported by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Davis endured a painful incident during the fourth quarter but remains determined to play in the upcoming contest. “There’s no doubt that I’m going to play,” Davis confidently declared following the game. The incident occurred when he was pushed while attempting a rebound, leading to a hyperextended back that momentarily incapacitated him.

Damion Lee Eyes Postseason Return Amid Recovery

Over in Phoenix, Suns wing Damion Lee is nearing the end of a challenging recovery from a meniscus surgery that kept him out for the season. Lee shared with The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin that he experienced some tough periods during his rehabilitation but is now feeling hopeful about rejoining the team for their playoff journey. “It’s all based on how I feel,” Lee stated, hinting at a potential return if the Suns progress deep into the postseason.

Grayson Allen Secures Financial Future with the Suns

Grayson Allen, another Suns player, chose stability over a potentially higher offer in the free market, agreeing to a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the team. This deal, reported by Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro, positions Allen slightly below what he might have earned elsewhere, estimated at about $80-85 million.

Kawhi Leonard’s Playoff Availability Remains Uncertain

The Los Angeles Clippers are keeping details scarce regarding Kawhi Leonard’s readiness for the playoffs. Coach Tyronn Lue provided minimal updates, noting Leonard is “doing a little something,” but refrained from confirming his availability for the postseason, according to Janis Carr of The Orange County Register.

Kings and Warriors Face Uphill Battle for Playoff Berth

The playoff route is daunting for both the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors, each needing to win two play-in games to secure the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson and The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II report on the intense challenge ahead, likening the situation to a “March Madness mode” for the Warriors.

For more updates on the Pacific Division and the road to the NBA playoffs, stay tuned to The Pipa News.

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