Anthony Davis returned to form in his second game back from injury, finishing with 31 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 34 minutes, but if the Lakers capitalize on his strong play, they’ll need too. some help from other sources. .
Davis returned two nights ago in a win over the Nets in Brooklyn after missing 17 games with MCL spraining his left knee. Starting at center, his return is a welcome sight for Lakers fans, who have seen their ball club hover around the .500 mark for much of the season. prize.
Davis hasn’t played since December 17, and in his absence the Lakers went 7-10. Lakers coach Frank Vogel indicated that Davis would be limited to playing minutes, but did not specify how much.
In the game against Philadelphia, however, Davis saw his minutes increase, and as a result, his productivity increased as well. He was influential on both ends of the court in his 34 minutes on the field. Despite his efforts, the Lakers looked sluggish on the front line of a defender.
“I think he played really well, it’s great to see him on pace,” Voge saidl. “Anthony played a terrible game on both sides of the ball.”
Given that the Lakers have gone this long without their Big Three being healthy at the same time this season, and now will be without LeBron James for an indefinite amount of time, the team will need the rest of their squad to strengthen.
Vogel suggests that he expects the likes of Russell Westbrook to play during other stars’ absences.
“I think we all hope for better,” he say. “I think one of the reasons we went out to get Russ was to handle one of those guys better than we did last year. So 7-10 is something we wish we could do better. “
Against Philadelphia, Westbrook had 20 points and four rebounds, but the other Lakers players struggled to have much of an impact – Malik Monk won 3-1, Stanley Johnson 1-6, Avery Bradley just 1/4 and all benches are only 8 in 29 (27.6 percent) combined.
Los Angeles are 2-2 on their six-game Grammy road trip with another game in Charlotte on Friday, before ending the trip with a game in Atlanta on Sunday.
As for his readiness for tomorrow, the 3rd game in 4 nights since his return from a knee injury, AD says he will “Wake up tomorrow and see (his knee) how) feels” before they determined his condition to Charlotte.
– Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 28, 2022
The Lakers know that a superior Anthony Davis will put them in a better position to win games, but to move up the Western ladder, they will need more from the rest of the team.
Lakers upcoming schedule 2021-22
|Day||Protest||Time (ET)||National Television|
|January 27||at 76ers||7:30 pm||TNT|
|January 28||at Hornets||7:30 pm||ESPN|
|January 30th||at Hawks||1:00 pm||–|
|February 2||vs. Trail Blazers||10:30pm||–|
|February 3||at Clippers||10 pm||TNT|
|February 5||compared to the Knicks||8.30pm||ABC|