The story from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:
Well, Anthony Davis is getting close to being fed up!
Well, Lake Show Life has been slipping in New Orleans Pelicans references when it comes to Anthony Davis working so hard to keep the Lakers afloat on nights like these when it doesn’t matter.
He lost his cool and got kicked out in the second half after losing his shoe on an alley-oop attempt. When he didn’t get the chance to tie the shoe and the referees allowed the game to continue, AD went nuts and got tossed.
For the record, AD finished with 20 points (6-9 shooting, 8-9 from the line!) with 6 rebounds. But this game showed any coach that takes game film seriously how to defend Anthony Davis and limit his influences in games going forward. Here’s what the Chicago Bulls did.
- Limit AD’s touches in the paint. If he gets the ball on the block or in the paint, rush him with two or three players from different angles to give him different looks.
- Let him shoot the 17 footer and pray that he misses. If he hits them (Which he did in this game!), tap him on the behind and say good shot.
- Don’t let him get to the offensive boards.
- Don’t allow him to catch lobs.
Finally as bad as the Lakers looked at times in this game, it was more about how Chicago dictated the pace and style of play. Here’s how they did it.
They allowed Russell Westbrook to do what he does…shoot the Lakers out of offensive rhythm!
Let’s relive the discussion where Lake Show Life called Russell Westbrook’s contributions…”Fool’s Gold” shall we?
See the Chicago Bulls had a game plan. Just worry about Anthony Davis and make sure he doesn’t get untracked and let Russell Westbrook beat us. So they let him shoot.
The funny thing is, he started hitting. Then he shot some more. Remember he had 19 points at the half right? He finished with 25.
See the Bulls coaching staff realized as long as Russ is chasing his numbers, everyone else gets thrown out of rhythm and stands around. AD had 6 points on only four shots in the first half. Let that sink in.
Now let’s get to the shooters who did well on Sunday…
- Carmelo Anthony could have beaten the Bulls up on the block. He didn’t get the ball.
- Wayne Ellington shot the lights out on Sunday. He shot 1-6 from the field.
- Malik Monk scored very well on Sunday. He shot 1-5 from the field.
Outside of Talen Horton-Tucker (Who figured out he’d better take the ball and go!) the only player that got double-figure shots besides Russ was Carmelo Anthony with ten.