The Los Angeles Lakers nearly pulled off one of the most memorable come-from-behind victories on Wednesday night. The purple and gold entered the fourth quarter down 20 points to the Dallas Mavericks and were able to rally back and make it a game, but ultimately fell short by a final score of 104-101.
Wednesday night's game was unfortunately a familiar sight for Lakers fans. The team got off to a terribly slow start, with LeBron James not kicking into gear until late in the game. That was to be expected, though, with the game being the second leg of a back-to-back.
The loss did not fall on LeBron, even though he had a late turnover that sealed the outcome. Some may say it fell on Anthony Davis, who finished with just 13 points and 10 rebounds on 4-10 shooting. Davis himself had a different take, though, as he placed blame on the team's inability to hit shots early.
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out who and what Davis is talking about. While the final numbers ended up in a good place (the team shot 37.9% from three in the game), the shots were not falling early. Los Angeles shot 16-42 in the first half (38%). For comparison's sake, the worst shooting team in the league shoots 42.2% from the field.
Anthony Davis subtly calling out Lakers teammates is very ironic
While Davis definitely has a point and he is not wrong about the shot-making in this game, he should probably take a look in the mirror. Davis is a superstar and quite frankly, is meant to be the best player on this team that carries the Lake Show through the regular season.
Davis did not look like a superstar on Wednesday night, at least on the offensive end. And as a whole, Davis has not been producing at the level he should be thus far this season. AD is averaging just 21.5 points, which is the lowest scoring average since his sophomore season in the league.
This, as a result, has put far too much on LeBron James' plate. As great as LeBron is, he is in his 21st season in the league and cannot be carrying this team on a nightly basis. In games like Wednesday's where LeBron is very obviously feeling the back-to-back, the Lakers need Davis to step his game up.
That has not happened consistently enough this season and that is a big reason why the purple and gold are only 9-7.
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