“Much-needed win?” The Lakers were 5.5 games above the #2-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. What do you mean much-needed?
Well, even though the Lakers’ seeding position wasn’t in danger, their morale was.
The Lakers barely scraped by in their restart-opener against the Clippers, winning by two despite the Clippers being short-handed.
Then, they had their asses handed to them by Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors.
After those two unimpressive games, many around the NBA were beginning to question just how good the Lakers may actually be.
This win at least re-establishes themselves a great team.
Anthony Davis had himself an incredible game. Davis scored 42 points, pulled in 12 rebounds, and grabbed 3 steals. He had a major bounce-back after last game’s disaster against the Raptors.
“I just felt like I played into Toronto’s hand.” Davis said about his game against Toronto. “I wasn’t really being aggressive. I was making the right plays, but in order for us to be who we want to be, we have to be aggressive.”
LeBron James also had himself a fantastic game. James scored 22 points, dished out 9 assists, and pulled in 8 rebounds.
The two of them managed to nab the win despite Donovan Mitchell’s stellar play.
Mitchell managed to score 33 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out four assists. He also shot an impressive 4-10 from deep including an incredibly clutch 4-point play to bring the deficit back to 6 points.
This win for the Lakers clinched the #1-seed. Because of this, be prepared to see a lot less play from Anthony Davis and LeBron James as their bodies will likely be preserved for the playoffs.
The Lakers next play the Thunder Wednesday at 6:30
The Jazz play the Grizzlies Wednesday at 2:30