Los Angeles-Anthony Davis scored a season-high 42 points and led the Los Angeles Lakers to an incredible 123-110 victory over the Phoenix Suns, after which he said he likes his team’s current position : Participate in the game with only four games left.
“To be honest, it’s funny,” Davis quickly performed well after winning the championship in Phoenix on Sunday, where the defending champion lost 8 of 10 games. Here, we have encountered challenges. For us, this is another challenge. “
For the Lakers, the challenge was to keep the head high. Davis missed nine weeks with a calf strain, Achilles tendinitis in his right leg, and LeBron James missed six weeks with a sprained right ankle. Once the situation got better Worse, their superstar is back.
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Not to mention that Dennis Schroder was absent from the league’s health and safety protocols last week, and injuries caused Talen Horton-Tucker (calf strain) and Kyle Kuzma (lower back tightness) to miss the game.
However, with the addition of Davis, he became the first player in team history to score at least 42 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in the same game. -With the second-highest stats against the Suns in the league-the Lakers have found life again.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said: “His self-confidence sets the tone for us.” “When he comes to play…it looks like he is going to dominate, everyone else’s chest will become bigger. One point and full of confidence in what we will do that night.”
Los Angeles is currently seventh in the Western Conference-sixth behind Portland-the whole game-back-to-back home games against the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets (on the night of the championship flag) and back-to-back games left with Indiana walking Players and the New Orleans Pelicans game.
If the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers 4-0 (possibly, considering Portland has Houston, Utah, Phoenix and Denver left), Los Angeles can surpass sixth place and avoid the game altogether.
Vogel said that looking for the perfect back-to-wall performance can rehearse the Lakers for the playoffs.
“I think this is a silver lining that no one is really talking about right now, and that is that in the past few weeks, in the last two games, we have been playing basketball. This is really all types of things in the playoffs. Like,” Vogel said. . “This is the intensity of the playoffs [all] on. Sometimes, you may have locked up the seed for the playoffs and you are a little bit hesitant. You don’t have the acuity needed to make the playoffs.
“However, I think the urgency that we are forced to play with has been reflected in Anthony’s performance in the past two games, and I think this will benefit our entire team.”
They hope to regroup their team before the end of the regular season. Vogel said that on the final road trip, the team can welcome Schroeder to a race or two between Indiana and New Orleans.
James is back on the Suns field, it seems that the whole game is cheering for his team, it sounds like he is on the cusp of returning to himself.
Davis said, “What I saw from LeBron today…he…he will be fine.” “Trust me. He will be fine.”
Although Vogel did not provide a target date for James to participate in the game again, he sounds confident that the four-time MVP will enter the lineup before the end of the regular season of the week.
“Hope we have enough time to come [his rhythm and timing] Vogel said, “I can easily learn to have confidence in LeBron James in this situation.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope detailed what the team saw in James when James returned to the battlefield.
“I think he is ready to enter the playoffs,” Caldwell Pope said. “Just watching his workouts, he really invested in this work and united himself 100%. He showed it during the workouts. Training hard, dunking, so I was very excited to see us.”
Davis is confident that no matter which high-seeded team will eventually have to face off with Los Angeles in the playoffs, this is a feeling.
Davis said: “I mean, we know that we have confidence in anyone we fight against, especially when we are fully healthy. This is our mentality.” “Other teams, you have to do well. Prepare, just because we are ranked fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, no matter where we are, we will play. I think the team knows this.
“They know that just because our seed is low, we will not reject anyone. We will come out to participate in the Lakers basketball game. I think the team also knows this and feels that way.”