Los Angeles Lakers: 4 lessons from win over LA Clippers

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Anthony Davis is the X-Factor in a potential Western Conference Playoff series. The Clippers can’t stop him. 

Even though LeBron James will get the headlines for the Los Angeles Lakers for this game, Anthony Davis made sure that his performance was not lost against the Clippers’ superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. His play is a dream for Frank Vogel and the coaching staff.

As long as he is taking charges, swiping steals for full-court drives and forcing his way inside the paint, everyone (LeBron James included!) will be held accountable. Not only did he do the little things, but he also held the Lakers offense afloat in the second half when James sat.

How did the Lakers survive with Rondo running the point? All you need to see is this.

Rajon Rondo over-dribbles and picks up his dribble in the corner, AD sees the problem and cuts back door to the basket and draws the foul. If Rondo gets minutes in the postseason, AD had better get used to doing this a lot more.

Anthony Davis continues to shake the “soft” moniker, scoring 30 points, grabbing eight rebounds, with two steals and a block. Even the blocks that drew fouls were amazing to watch.

But the bottom line is, the Clippers have nobody that can stop him. Joakim Noah will be signed to a 10-day deal this week. Here’s why.

Lesson four. The film doesn’t lie.