Pacific Notes: Vincent, Davis, Doncic, Green

Gabe Vincent has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday’s game at Brooklyn, raising hopes that the Lakers guard can return to the court for the first time since December 20, writes Khobi Price of The Orange County Register. Vincent, who has been working his way back from knee surgery, was with the team Friday at Indiana. Coach Darvin Ham said Vincent continues to make progress, but didn’t commit to when he’ll be ready to play.

“Right now we’re just taking things one day at a time,” Ham said. “He’s increased his workload. So we’re in the process of trying to see how his body responds to that workload. And that’s as far as it goes for now.”

Vincent expected to be a rotation player in L.A. when he signed a three-year, $33MM contract last summer after helping Miami reach the NBA Finals. He played in the team’s first four games, then missed seven weeks with a left knee effusion. He returned for one game before doctors decided the knee had to be operated on.

“I really don’t want to even get into it too much,” LeBron James responded when asked about Vincent. “Don’t put too much pressure on him. When he’s ready to go, it will be a bonus for our team but he’s been out for quite a while. So, whenever he’s ready, we’ll welcome him back with open arms as a brother of ours, as a teammate of ours and we’ve been waiting on him, but at the end of the day, we’re putting no pressure on him. He needs to take his time.”

There’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • Lakers center Anthony Davis returned Friday after sitting out Wednesday’s game to rest his sore knee, and he doesn’t anticipate needing another night off for the rest of the season, per Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times. “Nothing serious,” Davis said. “That’s why I played tonight. I felt like I could play through it. Nothing that I plan to miss any more games for or have to be on a minutes restriction or anything like that.”
  • As Luka Doncic was leading the Mavericks to a comeback win at Sacramento Friday night, he was also taunting former Kings general manager Vlade Divac, who was seated at courtside, for not selecting him with the second pick in the 2018 draft (video link), according to a Eurohoops report. Divac, who resigned in 2020, opted for Marvin Bagley III in a historic draft blunder.
  • Draymond Green was ejected early in Wednesday’s game at Orlando, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr is confident that he learned from the experience and will do a better job of keeping himself in check, relays Sam Gordon of The San Francisco Chronicle. “We want him to play with that edge. But we want him to keep in control and he didn’t stay in control,” Kerr said. “He knows that. Thankfully we won. Had we lost, and I would tell you it would be a lot tougher for him. But we won the game and he knows he crossed a line.”
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