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LeBron James, Anthony Davis probable for Game 1 vs. Blazers

Both All-Stars are listed on the injury report for Monday, but are expected to be ready for the start of the Lakers’ first-round series vs. Portland.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers smile after a win against the Denver Nuggets on August 10, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Los Angeles Lakers F LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis are both listed as probable for Tuesday’s Game 1 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. LeBron is dealing with a groin injury and Davis is being listed with a knee ailment heading into their playoff opener.

There was never any doubt either All-Star was going to play in the playoff opener. The Lakers have been listing the two as probable for the past six months now it seems. Still, it’s worth noting that both are up on the injury report. Again, we should operate under the assumption both will play against the Blazers.

If that is the case, they’ll soak up most of the usage in Game 1. The Lakers didn’t look all that great in the seeding round, but L.A. didn’t have much to play for after the second contest. The Lakers had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the West. So we should see the Lakers at full-strength and ready for the title run.

Rajon Rondo has been a trendy name since he rejoined the bubble. He fractured his hand and needed surgery, but has returned to the team and could return some time in the second round. Rondo is unlikely to play in the series against Portland.