Anthony Davis was quite literally at the center of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ success against the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs.
He averaged 20.8 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game and was dominant often.
Davis has kept his cool throughout the series, despite attempts from the Grizzlies to get under his skin, as well as the skin of everyone else in LA.
On Friday night, Davis talked about the trash-talking and comments made in the media by the Grizzlies.
“People gonna talk. We’ve had some trash talk on the court in the series…we just go out and let out game talk and play basketball,” Davis said.
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Davis added: “We try not to get in the back and forth with those guys. Obviously, that’s how a lot of times guys get themselves going.”
The Lakers big man said that he and his team heard the comments that Dillon Brooks said to the media but the Lakers didn’t take the bait.
They knew that if the Grizzlies didn’t get the response they wanted, they’d stop talking.
He said that’s exactly what happened.
Davis said that the Lakers never had a conversation about not responding to the Grizzlies’ trash-talking but they followed the lead of LeBron James.
James was specifically called out by Brooks but refused to reply to the young Memphis star.
The rest of the Lakers saw how he handled that situation and they also elected to not get into a back-and-forth with the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies talked a lot but they also lost.
Meanwhile, the Lakers just kept their focus on what mattered most: winning.NEXT: LeBron James Made More Playoff History On Friday