Los Angeles Lakers: 4 lessons from LeBron James closing out Boston Celtics

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Anthony Davis had an uneven game. Why? Because he was roughed up by the Celtics interior defense.

AD had better get used to the treatment that he got in this game because it’s a sample of the beating he will get in the playoffs. Daniel Theis gave him fits at times even though he eventually fouled out.

This is an important aspect of growth for Davis going forward. Everyone knows his skill set and the ridiculous amount of talent he has. But whistles tend to be swallowed late and he has to be able to finish at the rim strong.

Even though he racked up 32 points, 13 rebounds (six offensive!), three assists and two blocks, the physical play of Boston messed with him. He only shot 10-of-25 from the field ad missed numerous close shots around the basket. He did knock down 3-of-5 from the land of the extra point, but this is a game he should have dominated.

There is no reason why Davis didn’t punish, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum or Gordon Hayward when they were switched on him. His struggles were eerily similar to the Clippers game on opening night. When the game slows down, does he have a consistent post-move to go to?

We all know Anthony Davis can be set up for dynamic plays like this.

But in the postseason, the pace will slow down due to better teams preparing defensive schemes to stop this guy. Looking forward, will AD be able to make plays on the offensive end in the post when the time comes.

This game was interesting for the Lake Show Life staff based on a certain article about Rajon Rondo and his effect on the team, especially Kyle Kuzma.