Still LeBron James’ orphans Lakers in the absence of the boss begins to find a little watching speed. Once again under the leadership of a Anthony Davis great night (30 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 steals), thus securing their third win in a row tonight. Spurs is powerless (123-92).
Therefore, it’s a one-sided matchup that will see the Purple and Gold taking advantage from the opening minutes and constantly increasing it as the game goes on, leaving the Texan franchise no chance to succeed its biggest team. performance of the season. Still followed by the dreaded “AD” under the panels…
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Lakers in steamroller mode. 34-20 after twelve minutes, 66-48 at halftime and 95-67 after three quarters, +32 at the finish: It’s an understatement to say the Purple and Gold went over the Spurs today. Without LeBron James, a miracle recipe was found, because it was enough for them to water the balloons, because Anthony Davis, who loves to punish. small ball competitor, then let the “little ones” enjoy the spaces created by their interior. When Los Angeles players can run as a bonus, even though they are aggressive against the rim thanks to turnovers, not much can happen to them.
— Anthony Davis continues his work. Knowing that the Lakers’ salvation would come from him, Darwin Ham wanted to make him the centerpiece of his offense, and with LeBron James out, the California coach is on the court because “AD” is simply unplayable. three games: averaging 35 points and 17 rebounds! Offensively, the Emperor doesn’t miss a thing (or nearly) in shooting (62%) and shooting (92%), offering additional quality defense to remind those who forget that the Stars’ interior remains the reference for his position. , when injuries plagued him and he decided to play to his strengths.
✅ Austin Reaves. Shadowed by Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ young back is also in the form of his life, scoring a season-best 21 points and scoring at least 15 points for the fourth straight game. The 24-year-old, increasingly free in attack, not afraid to shoot from distance, isolate the ball or throw systems, but also valuable and involved in defense, is now part of the main elements of the team. Darwin Ham. It’s hard to take it out of five under these conditions. Even when LeBron James returns?
✅ The Los Angeles collective as a whole. In addition to Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves, five Lakers players scored 10 or more points: Thomas Bryant (15 points, 9 rebounds), Lonnie Walker IV (14 points), Dennis Schröder (13 points), Kendrick Nunn (13 points ). ) and finally, Russell Westbrook (10 points, 10 assists). It’s usually the type of match that gives the entire team a confidence boost as Darwin Ham’s men go out to test themselves against Phoenix.
⛔ San Antonio. Spurs, who were surprisingly attractive during the first two weeks of the competition, began to suffer a serious blow in three weeks: ten defeats in twelve games and a fifth defeat in a row. Without Jakob Poeltl (nor Gregg Popovich, sick), Anthony Davis had a boulevard in the racket that didn’t require torturing the Texans, who couldn’t compete with these Lakers and were grabbed by the throat at every halftime start. A collective slump highlighted by Keldon Johnson’s terrible performance: 12 points on 4-of-20 shooting, including 1-of-10 from 3…
Los Angeles (5-10) : Travel to Phoenix, overnight from Tuesday to Tuesday (04:00).
San Antonio (6-12) : Reception of New Orleans, Tuesday through Thursday night (02:00).