Anthony Davis rarely performed better in crunch time before the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, but the All-Star big man was still hypercritical about his game.
“Right now, to work hard on myself, I think I suck now,” Davis said after finishing with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. “I’m not making shots. I’m not doing free throws. But I think tonight my aggression, just being one [post-up threat] And for paint, allowed people to be open. “
He missed 10 of the 18 shots he tried to do – shooting just 44.4%, compared to a 53.2% clip he joined this season and came into the night. And he went just 2-for-5 from the foul line, making 80.1% of his career free throw shooters in just 14-for-22 (63.6%) in his last three games.
However, his death proved to be a difference-maker. The Lockers went 3-for-three from Davis’ feed in the final three minutes, allowing LA to convert a one-possession game into a relatively comfortable win.
This was by far the most time in a game in his career.
He gave a dish to Kentavius Caldwell-Pope to extend LA’s lead to two, with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left; He found Alex Caruso in the corner for another 3 to put the Lakers up seven minutes later; And he set LeBron James with a 3 with 1:04 remaining to give his team a cushion of eight points. The final haul sealed the victory and allowed the Lakers to extend their road-winning streak to 8-0 to begin the season.
“I believe my teammates. AC hit one for me. Bronn hit one and Kenny hit one, and they’re in the right places where I need people when I keep the ball in the post,” Davis. Explained “And only [am] When I get there, I double or narrow the reading with my people, and I can get it out and they made shots. “
While Davis finished with less than 20 points for the fifth straight game – his longest sub-20 streak last season was limited to just three games when LA already shut down the No. 1 seed during a seeding game in the bubble Had given – his assistants have been on an uproar.
Davis’ five assists led to a 3-pointer for the La-Pointer against the Bucks – tied for the most 3s he has ever assisted in a game in his career – and his 13 assists in the last two games at most. He has been in two-games ever since joining the Lakers.
James explained that he knew Davis had the ability to be with them all, but rarely got him to perform in New Orleans, as the teams would play him one by one, he felt that he Can’t beat everyone by myself.
“But I felt like he’s here, he’s so good that I know he’s going to see a lot of double-teams eventually,” James said.
Once those doubles arrive, James said, Davis has been trained to watch the lanes he can target to find open teammates.
James said, “He’s advancing every single game. Every single film session, we break those things – what he sees on the floor.” “Tonight was another example of him watching the other side of the floor and getting the ball down on time, on target and downing people.”
Much like Davis, Lakers coach Frank Vogel left the victory unsatisfying, even as the Bucks came in No. 2 on offensive night at an average of 120.4 points per game and the Lakers put him well below that output.
“Well, we have to get better,” Vogel said. “We couldn’t play our best basketball game tonight.”
This is the tone of a team seeking something more substantial than a regular season win in January.
“My aggression tonight,” Davis said, “it’s the only way I think I’m going to get out of this foul or whoever I am.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better basketball player in every game, and that is what I will continue to do.”