Davis compiled eight points (4-6 FG) and 11 rebounds over 26 minutes in Thursday's 109-108 preseason loss to the Clippers.
Davis had been quiet over the first two exhibition contests he'd played in, but was a force on the boards in what was by far his highest allotment of playing time to date in preseason. Although he slots behind the floor-stretching Meyers Leonard and offseason acquistion Festus Ezeli as the third-string option at power forward and center, respectively, Davis did manage to generate a career-best 61 percent shooting percentage and the second-best rebounding total (7.4) of his career over 81 games last season, his first in Portland. Davis has the ability to offer serviceable production once again if he can approximate the 20.8 minutes per game he averaged in 2015-16, particularly with his rebounding proficiency.
Davis (undisclosed) is participating in full court 4-on-4 drills during Wednesday's practice, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.
Details were never released on what sort of injury may have forced Davis to exit Tuesday's practice early, but it appears to be no longer an issue, as he went through full court 4-on-4 drills during Wednesday's practice. With that said, Davis should be good to go for the team's upcoming preseason schedule, where he'll compete for minutes with Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless as a reserve off the bench.
Davis said Monday that he now checks in around 245 pounds, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.
That's an increase of about 15-to-20 pounds from where Davis was at last season, as the big man made a commitment this summer to add more strength. According to Quick, Davis said he lifted five times a day and ate five or six meals a day, which should help him as he aims to play more center this season. While Davis' dedication in the weight room is admirable, it's difficult to see him earning a dramatic increase in playing time with starters Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee and reserves Festus Ezeli, Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless all in the mix for playing time in the frontcourt rotation.
Davis uncharacteristically came up empty from the field, but was able to cash in on his opportunities from the free-throw line to offer some offensive assistance off the bench. Any scoring contributions the Blazers get from Davis is often gravy, as he's primarily tasked with hitting the glass hard and providing energy off the bench. He was able to do that for much of the postseason, finishing the Blazers' 11-game playoff run with averages of 5.5 points, 6.8 boards, 1.3 assists and 0.6 blocks across 18.7 minutes per game.
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