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The Los Angeles Lakers star plans to return to play when the team returns to L.A. this week, according to league sources.

Davis missed the Lakers' 136-134 win over the Kings on Saturday because of a bone spur in his foot and a stress reaction.

Heading into Monday's game against the Nuggets, the Lakers have won a season-best five games in a row without him.

The last time L.A. played the Nuggets, Davis injured his foot when he made contact with Denver's Jokic in the paint.

Sources said that Davis has been limited to spot shooting since the injury occurred, and that he has been on the court for less than a month.

The ramp-up process will involve aquatic pool workouts and running on an altered-gravity treadmill to keep the big man's weight off his foot while it heals.

According to sources, there is optimism within the Lakers that the ramp-up process could take only a couple of weeks before Davis starts to pencil in a potential return to game action.

Two years ago this week, Thomas Bryant suffered a partially tornACL in his left knee and appeared in only 37 games for the Wizards, but he has been a capable fill-in for Davis.

Bryant, signed to a one-year veteran's minimum contract in the off-season, is averaging 21.2 points on 71.9% shooting and 13.6 boards during the Lakers' current win streak

"I've already kind of had visions of what that could possibly look like with the frontcourt of myself, AD and Thomas on the floor together," he said. It could be beneficial for our ball club.

According to's NBA Advanced Stats database, Bryant has yet to play with Davis.

Before the injury, Davis was averaging 27.4 points, with career bests in rebound (12.1%) and field goal percentage (59.4%), along with 2.1 blocks per night.

James said they were holding it down until Davis came back. We're all trying to help, and Thomas has done his part.