The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Play-In Tournament on Tuesday night and secured their place in the NBA Playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference. LA moves on to play the Memphis Grizzlies in round one.
It was a tight game for the Lake Show, who were playing from behind for most of the night. Los Angeles was able to close the gap down the stretch and thanks to a gutsy three-pointer by Dennis Schroder, took a three-point lead with less than two seconds remaining.
It was going to take a miracle for the Timberwolves to extend the game and that is exactly what happened. Anthony Davis fouled Mike Conley with 0.1 seconds left, giving Minnesota three free throws to send the game to overtime.
It was a really bad look for Davis and caused an uproar among Lakers fans when the game tipped off in overtime. Luckily, that foul did not end up mattering other than it made the team play for five more minutes.
LeBron James is not going to let Davis live this foul down, though. While being interviewed after the game, LeBron made sure to bring up Davis’ “brain fart” on national television that took a game-winning shot away from Schroder.
LeBron James pokes fun at Anthony Davis’ “brain fart” to send the Lakers to overtime.
The tone would have been much different if the Lakers were not able to take care of business in overtime. If Los Angeles would have fallen victim in overtime then we might have seen a response from LeBron that mirrored his infamous 2018 NBA Finals confusion caused by J.R. Smith.
There would not have been any tongue-in-cheek fun between LeBron, AD and Schroder. There probably would have been some death glares sent Davis’ way in the locker room as the team turned the page to take on the winner of the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Instead, this is now just a moment that the Lakers can laugh about and learn from as the team is going to be in Memphis this weekend to take on the Grizzlies. Let’s just hope that Davis does not make the same mistake again.