The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors will square up on Monday night for Game 4 of their playoff series.
The Lakers took Games 1 and 3 behind great performances by Anthony Davis, but they couldn’t keep up with the Warriors in Game 2 when their star big man struggled from the field.
Notably, that has become a common trend for Davis, who’s failed to string good games together this postseason, up to the point where he hasn’t even had back-to-back games of 20+ points thus far.
That’s why Charles Barkley called him out again and stated that he’s due for another bad game tonight, as he just hasn’t been able to keep up the effort on a consistent basis.
"If he plays great, the Lakers are going to win, but he's due for another bad game tomorrow."
Chuck wants to see consistency from Anthony Davis 👀 pic.twitter.com/d1L832MJEc
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 8, 2023
Barkley claims that Davis would be the key to another Lakers win, yet he cannot be considered a great player if he doesn’t have the consistency one would expect from a guy like him.
Of course, maybe that’s a little too much, as there’s no denying that Davis is one of the greatest players of his generation, regardless of his injury-proneness.
But Barkley has a valid point about his inconsistency.
The Warriors don’t have anyone who could consistently match up with him on the defensive end of the floor.
Draymond Green is one of the best defenders in the league, but he gives up plenty of size against Davis.
Kevon Looney is an elite interior defender, but Davis can get his own from mid-range and even from the perimeter as well.
Lakers fans will hope Davis comes aggressive right out of the gate on Monday, but they never know what version of him they’ll get, and that’s a problem.NEXT: LeBron James Shares His Advice For Teammates During Playoffs