Los Angeles Lakers: 5 lessons from clinching first postseason berth in 7 years

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Anthony Davis will be the measuring stick against the Clippers and the Bucks. Book it!

To be clear here, LeBron James is the most important player on the Los Angeles Lakers roster right now. His run right now compares to 2017-18 season in his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers up until that 51 point explosion in Game 1 of the Finals.

But for this team to get past the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, Anthony Davis will be the key. Bottom line, nobody can stop him. He’s too skilled. The biggest mistake the Bucks made was putting Robin Lopez on him in the game. He got himself untracked after getting in early foul trouble.

If LeBron wasn’t drawing Lopez up to throw the lob with penetration, AD was blowing past him to get into the teeth of the defense. What damage LeBron didn’t do to the Bucks, Davis made sure there was no chance of a comeback.

Anthony Davis scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. He also added nine rebounds (four offensive!) and two blocks. When the Lakers increase the pace and get out on the fast break, you can end this discussion. He’s just a dominant on the defensive end as he is on the offensive end.

But when the team gets defensive stops, it leads to fast breaks. The fast breaks usually end up with alley-oop dunks on the other end.

Rarely does Lake Show Life do previews on post games, but the next game is important enough to make an exception.