The Los Angeles Lakers got off to a hot start to their second-round playoff series against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, with superstar forward Anthony Davis putting on a show on the road at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, Davis couldn’t repeat his Game 1 performance in Game 2, as the one-time NBA champion struggled to get going on Thursday night, resulting in a blowout loss for Los Angeles.
Although the Lakers can seemingly compete with any of the elite teams in the league with a locked-in Davis, the veteran forward has been painfully inconsistent, as that was never more evident than in Game 2, which is concerning for Los Angeles moving forward.
On The Jim Rome Show on Friday, former NBA star Jamal Crawford spoke about Davis’ inconsistency and believes it’s more about the player rather than the Warriors adjusting.
.@JCrossover on Anthony Davis and his bizarre inconsistency. pic.twitter.com/ui3YSIvwsR
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) May 5, 2023
Along with inconsistent play, Davis has struggled with injuries throughout his career, which was thought to be the one thing holding him back from being in contention for the best player in the league.
However, last night’s game was the 20th straight time Davis was able to play, with injuries being an issue, which is a step in the right direction, but 11 points in 33 minutes on the floor won’t get the job done for the Lakers in the playoffs.
Not even LeBron James could shoulder the load for a struggling Davis on Thursday, as he finished with a team-high 23 points.
Rui Hachimura gave the Lakers a boost off the bench with 21 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to hold off the Warriors in Game 2.
The series is now tied between these Western Conference heavyweights as this second-round showdown heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 and Game 4.NEXT: Brian Windhorst Details What He Saw In Lakers' Game 2 Loss