• Frank Vogel addresses the team's situation as the regular season nears its end
  • Vogel provides an update on Anthony Davis' recovery
  • LeBron James is confident that the Lakers can achieve something once he returns

The Los Angeles Lakers will be hoping to make it to the post-season and have LeBron James and Anthony Davis back as soon as possible.

It has been a tough road to the post-season for the Lakers as James and Davis are now sidelined due to injury.

The team has listed the pair as “doubtful” for Tuesday night’s visit to Dallas to face the Mavericks, per ESPN

Much like the previous games, Tuesday’s clash against the Mavs will be very important as the “Purple and Gold” try to hold on to their spot in the play-in tournament.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is well aware of what’s at stake and admitted that what the team is experiencing this season are things that are beyond their control.

"It's been that type of year," Vogel said. "It's one of those things that's out of our control. It's unfortunate. But we have to lock in, and again like we've done all season, we have to shift our identity on the floor with regards to who's in and who's out."

For the first time since spraining his right foot on Feb. 16 against the Utah Jazz, “AD” has reportedly joined the Lakers for full team practice.

According to Vogel, there’s no specific date yet for Davis’ potential return as they are currently monitoring the “level of soreness” in the All-Star big man’s injured foot.

"We're at a point now where it's really about how he responds to that and the level of soreness he has coming out of his first live work," Vogel said of Davis.

LeBron James #6, Anthony Davis #3 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James #6, Anthony Davis #3 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Kevork Djansezian

James, on the other hand, who hurt his left ankle during the Lakers’ 116-108 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, remains confident about what lies ahead.

As per the four-time MVP, the Lakers still have a fighting chance to make it to the play-in tournament if he can get healthy in time.

"Well, if I'm healthy, for sure,” James told ESPN in a separate story when asked if he can help the Lakers survive the season. “Obviously I'm pretty banged up with that ankle. But I still feel like if I'm on the floor and I can make things happen then we still got a pretty good chance to make something out of this season."

As things stand, the Lakers are sitting at No. 10 in the Western Conference standings.

They haven’t secured the final spot in the play-in tournament yet as they only hold a one-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs with still eight games to play in the regular season.