first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions There’s a sliding doors aspect to the game: The Celtics were once considered the Lakers’ chief competition to trade for Davis after he requested a trade from the Pelicans a year ago. BOSTON — There’s not much of a better stage for a comeback: Anthony Davis will be making his return to the court against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden Arena on Monday night.The Lakers announced Monday morning that their star big man, who has missed five straight games, was available to come back from a bruised backside that has ailed him since Jan. 7 when he collided mid-air with New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and suffered a hard landing. Although the team said he did not work out on Sunday after the Houston Rockets game, Coach Frank Vogel said Davis’ condition has been gradually improving.The team went 4-1 without its leading scorer (27.1 ppg), rebounder (9.4 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.6 bpg), but will gladly welcome him back into the fold for a matchup with a historic rival that sits at fourth place in the Eastern Conference (27-14).Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnother compelling figure in the matchup, Rajon Rondo, remained questionable with a right ring finger avulsion fracture. A key member of the Celtics’ 2008 title-winning squad, Rondo hit a buzzer-beating game-winner for the Lakers a year ago in TD Garden against his former team.last_img