Anthony Davis' Disappearing Act Threatens Lakers' Chances Against Warriors In NBA Playoffs

Photo: Instagram/ Anthony Davis 

In Game 2 of the Lakers versus Warriors series, Anthony Davis had an uncharacteristically poor performance, scoring only 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.

This is in stark contrast to his dominant display in Game 1, where he put up 30 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks.

The Lakers cannot hope to win the series if Davis continues to play like this. Even if he had played well in Game 2, the Warriors were fantastic in several areas, making it difficult for the Lakers to win.

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Davis had a relatively small impact in game 2, despite his dominant performance in game 1.

It is not just Davis's performance in Game 2 that is concerning. He has had several subpar games in the past, such as the 4-for-14 and 4-for-13 shooting games against Memphis.

While the Lakers were able to get away with this against the Grizzlies, they cannot afford it against Golden State.

The Warriors have made defensive adjustments, focusing more on Davis, limiting his pick-and-roll game, and forcing him to take jump shots. This strategy was effective, keeping Davis from dominating at the rim, and shutting down his pick-and-roll game.

In a series where games are played every other day until a team wins four, there is no extra time off like in other series. This means that Davis must find a way to maintain his energy level throughout the series.

LeBron James has praised Davis's talent, but the pressure is on him to perform. The Lakers need Davis to be around 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks for them to be at their best.

As the series moves to Los Angeles for the next two games, the Lakers must make adjustments, including defensively.

James will do what he does, but much of the outcome depends on which Davis the Lakers get from game to game.

While it is early in the series, Davis's performance will be a pivotal storyline, and the Lakers cannot afford any more disappearing acts from him if they hope to win the series.

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Source: USA Today
 

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