Los Angeles Lakers: Lessons and AD Achilles discussion from Denver loss

Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks the shot of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks the shot of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Lakers went on the road and lost to the Denver Nuggets. They ended up losing their seven-game win streak in a blowout. The story on Monday however will be about the biggest loss in Anthony Davis with an Achilles injury.

Lake Show Life breaks down what else happened in Lake Show Life Lessons! The only Los Angeles Lakers extended post-game report with in-depth analysis and highlights.

To Los Angeles Lakers fans everywhere, let Lake Show Life tell you the truth. The Lakers championship aspirations are evaporating. The dedicated readers of Lake Show Life Lessons knew problems were on the horizon if they were paying attention. The superstars were wearing down in front of all of us. The problem was being shown through the overwork of LeBron James during the homestand.

Now here are quotes from first Lake Show Life, then two readers fearing the worst over the last week…

Lake Show Life:

"Anthony Davis is already sitting out with Achilles soreness and other physical issues. Question, does anyone want LeBron James lying next to him on a training table rehabbing while the Lakers are in a playoff run? Ask the Lake Show Life loyal readers if this series can predict potential disaster."

Well, let’s see shall we?

Richard Parker:

"AD’s potential for serious career altering injury. Achilles injury are no joke and Lakers fans are no strangers to the injury. Sit him for two weeks in a walking boot if you have to, but do not risk a more serious Achilles injury."


"Yeah, you start adding it up and it causes some concerns IMO. He’s had a right abductor strain, right quad strain, right knee soreness, right calf soreness, right ankle soreness, and now right Achilles soreness? It’s a bit odd considering that his left leg is his plant leg, but a whole lot of minor issues, could be an indication of a potential major one looming."

On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers season changed with 2:36 left in the second quarter.

This lessons post-game could be about the Lakers going ice cold from the 3 point line. We could talk about Frank Vogel’s rotations. None of this matters.

  • Reporting the Lakers losing to the Denver Nuggets 122-105 does not matter.
  • The Lakers’ seven-game winning streak ending does not matter.
  • The two teams the Lakers play this week in the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat does not matter.

The MRI of Anthony Davis‘ Achilles matters. That’s it.

If there is a chance Davis survives with a strain or some other aggravation, then the Lakers can salvage their deep playoff run. They can rehab AD for the playoffs and stop worrying about seeding.

If he can’t get back healthy enough, the only chance the Lakers have is for Rob Pelinka to swing a deal with those expiring contracts on the roster, any draft pick eligible to move and figure out what main roster player, not AD and LeBron to move to facilitate a deal. They didn’t have to trade on Saturday night, but they sure do Monday morning.

A player that could help stop the bleeding is John Collins.

Without Anthony Davis, no matter how long he’s out, the Lakers need an athletic wing that can defend multiple positions. Why Collins?

  • The Atlanta Hawks haven’t signed him to long term deal yet.
  • The Hawks are off to a disappointing start with a veteran-laden roster full of long term contracts. 
  • They will want to shave money after giving Danilo Gallinari an anchor $61 million dollar deal along with Bogdan Bogdanovic’s, who has not panned out yet and is out with an avulsion fracture to his knee. 

The Lakers will win regular-season games and get into the playoffs whether Davis is healthy or not. But to repeat as champs, Anthony Davis and LeBron James have to be at their best or close to it.

If not, the Lakers are not going to defend their title. Sorry.

To the new Los Angeles Lakers fans that are checking us out for the first time, welcome to Lake Show Life Lessons. Our extended post-game report with video analysis will cover the progress for the Los Angeles Lakers the entire season!

Over the next several pages we will provide highlights of certain players and coaches. Afterward, the comment section is loaded with knowledgeable fans adding their basketball knowledge. We usually start with the stars.

 Let’s get to Lesson One to find out who!