The Los Angeles Lakers needed a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, which meant they required Anthony Davis to show up and play hard.
Luckily for them, he did just that.
Davis scored 38 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal on a 57% field goal percentage in a huge 123-111 win over the T-Wolves.
All of this was with an injury too, as Davis hurt himself during the game but pushed through and somehow only got better after tweaking his ankle.
This was Davis’ game and he was looking like a true MVP again.
The fans definitely took note of what he did.
Anthony Davis tonight:
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 1, 2023
“ON ONE LEG,” said one fan after the big game, echoing comments that many others made.
Indeed, countless people were shocked that Davis played even better after he hurt himself.
They weren’t used to seeing Davis go down but then spring back up.
ON ONE LEG
— Ja Wick (@fillycheese_) April 1, 2023
“healthy AD is MVP caliber,” one NBA fan said.
His 26.3 points and 12.4 rebounds for 2022-23 are his best numbers in years.
healthy AD is MVP caliber.🔥🔥
— Olajuwom Kareem 🇨🇲🇳🇬 (@Mikelzogo_m) April 1, 2023
Many people were impressed that Davis was able to score so well against the strong defensive unit of the Timberwolves.
“Against one of the best defensive backcourts in the league too,” a Twitter user said.
Against one of the best defensive backcourts in the league too
— Recky🔪 (@ReckyGz) April 1, 2023
Lakers fans used the game as another opportunity to respect Davis and demand that others do as well.
“Put some respect on this HOFer,” one follower said.
Put some respect on this HOFer
— ²³𝙻𝚎𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚜🏀☄️🌎💞 (@BronGotGame) April 1, 2023
All in all, the responses to Davis’ performance were understandably very strong.
It was shocking to see him push through an injury and exciting to see him play like his regular self.
The Lakers have been making some noise lately and numerous analysts and fans are thinking good things could be ahead for them.
If Davis continues to play as he did on Friday night, the Lakers could become a playoff team to pay close attention to.NEXT: D'Angelo Russell Has A Message For Anthony Davis Critics