Anthony Davis expected to play Lakers-Warriors Game 6, Darvin Ham states

Ham: AD expected to play Game 6 vs. Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Los Angeles Lakers are anticipating that Anthony Davis will be good to go against the Warriors on Friday.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated before Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals between Golden State and Los Angeles at Arena that it is highly probable Davis will play.

Davis exited Game 5 on a wheelchair after he sustained a head injury in the fourth quarter of Game 5 at Chase Center on Wednesday after Kevon Looney accidentally made contact with the 30-year-old's head.

In the days leading up to Game 6, Davis' status had been up in the air, though the general consensus was that -- barring any setbacks -- he would be playing in some capacity, be it in the starting lineup or off the bench.

After Davis' status was upgraded to "probable" Thursday, it became increasingly clear the 6-foot-10 center would be playing and Lakers coach Darvin Ham all but confirmed it when he spoke to reporters before Game 6.

Having Davis in the lineup surely lifts the Lakers' spirits as he arguably has been Los Angeles' best player against Golden State.

In five games, Davis is averaging 22.4 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.4 steals in 37 minutes. More impressively, Davis is hitting 58.1 percent of his shots from the field, doing his damage down low and eschewing 3-pointers.

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As the Warriors look to force Game 7, they certainly would have accepted any break given to them, especially as Andrew Wiggins deals with a rib injury.

Still, fans can expect a tough matchup from both sides as one tries to advance to the Western Conference finals while the other fights to keep its playoff run alive.

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