Los Angeles Lakers: 4 Lessons in road trip finale win over Atlanta Hawks

Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) defends the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) defends the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /
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Anthony Davis is starting to get his rhythm back on the back end of the Los Angeles Lakers road trip! 

Probably the best thing that happened on the long road trip was Anthony Davis skipping the Detroit game. Since he’s been back, AD has looked refreshed and is getting back close to last year’s form.

Davis packed his momentum from Boston game and brought it to Atlanta. The Lakers went back to the formula of feeding him the ball early and often. AD delivered big time hitting all of his shots from the field and free throw line in the first half.

The Lakers used other ways to put Davis in successful situations. When Clint Capela got into foul trouble, Frank Vogel would use AD’s advantage over the Hawks small lineup by moving Davis down the floor during dead ball situations to try to eliminate the quick double team.

While Capela was off the floor, it worked like a charm.

Anthony Davis finished the night with 25 points 10-14 shooting!), 3 blocks, 2 assists and a steal. Okay, those 2 rebounds stick out, but two of those blocks were on Capela under the basket.

At first glance it does seems strange that Davis would have a dominant game with so few rebounds. Both teams shot very well from the field and the free throw line.

Lesson two is about another player that dominated in the paint as well. read on to see who it was!