Forward Anthony Davis will likely suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals Game Six on Sunday despite aggravating a heel contusion on Friday.
“I’ll be fine on Sunday,” Davis said on Friday.
Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic, meanwhile, has been listed as doubtful as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
LA Lakers lead the best-of-seven game NBA Finals series 3-2 and will lift the trophy with a win on Sunday night and claim a record-tying 17th championship.
Davis injured the heel late in the first quarter of the Lakers’ 111-108 loss and briefly left the game. He returned but appeared to struggle to get up the floor late in the game.
After the game, Davis, the team’s second most influential player after LeBron James, said he would be healthy enough to play on Sunday as the Lakers try to close out the series.
“It (the injury) happened in the last series against Denver,” Davis said. “I think it was Game 5, if I’m not mistaken. [Andre Iguodala] just reaggravated it.
“Went out the end of the first [quarter] and it just kind of just wore off and got back to normal. Just kept moving around. Just trying not to sit down. Get that adrenaline going, and I was able to keep going and keep playing.”
Dragic’s outlook is not so rosy. The veteran guard suffered a torn plantar fascia ligament in Game One of the series and has missed the last four games.
He may not return at all in the series, even if the Miami Heat can force a Game Seven.
Kendrick Nunn stopped up in Dragic’s place in the rotation during Game 5, after the rookie scored 14 points off the bench.
Jimmy Butler poured in a triple double of 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 111-108 win over the Lakers in Game 5 and the Miami Heat star said he had “nothing” left in the tank after helping his team to force a Game 6.