The good from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss:
It looks like David Fizdale and Phil Handy found a way to get Anthony Davis clean looks!
For the last two seasons, the offense for Anthony Davis was to give him the ball at the left-wing and move out of the way. Now the Lake Show allows Malik Monk to drive to the basket to draw defenders which opens up the lob for Anthony Davis or easy put-backs!
With Monk’s reputation as a scorer, the defense has to honor the drive. Much like Trae Young does with the Atlanta Hawks, Lik’ Lik’ presents the triple threat in this situation…
- He can dive to the basket to score or shoot a floater.
- He can pull up for a fade-away jumper if the defense collapses on AD.
- Or he can throw the alley-oop as seen above!
This is why our readers have been clamoring for Malik Monk to start instead of Avery Bradley. As long as Monk puts in the effort to stay with his man, AD can clean up with defensive rotations.
This is the type of offensive scheme that will help Anthony Davis as he continues to get back his rhythm.
AD finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds with a couple of assists, steals, and blocks. But after Melo left the game, outside of Malik Monk, the Lakers offense fell off the cliff until the final quarter.
Malik Monk bullied the Los Angeles Clippers!
The fourth quarter offense was started by Russell Westbrook (Much more on him later!), but Monk was that dude in the fourth quarter knocking down big 3 point shots, but more importantly, driving the ball at Serge Ibaka and drawing fouls on him. Truth be told, that was the only thing that could stop Ibaka in this game.
Malik scored 21 points with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. You read it here first Lakers fans…
If Monk goes back to the bench when LeBron returns, Vogel has vendettas on certain players. This guy is playing too good not to be starting. Avery Bradley needs to sit. Period.