Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers met for Game 2 in the second round. The Lakers won Game 1 with a 117-112 win on the road. In Game 2, the Warriors dominated in a rout. The home team, after trailing the Lakers in the first quarter went on an avalanche of scoring, beating them 84-47 during the second and third periods to win the game.
After the first quarter, the Lakers seemed to have the game under control. Klay Thomson changed the game and finished with 30 points and eight triples . Stephen Curry scored the most points with 20 and dished out 12 assists. LeBron scored 23 points with seven rebounds for the Lakers. Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ key player in Game 1, was a disaster.
He scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and shot 5 of 11 on the field. This was a far cry from Game 1, where he had 30 points and 23 boards. Davis leads the postseason with four blocks per game. What was surprising, however, was his explanation for his poor performance in Game 2.
I made all the shots that I had in Game 1. Davis said, “I just missed them .”.” Davis’ shot selection was almost the same but he did not attempt as many field goal attempts. In Game 1, he took 19 shots, and made almost 60%. Davis’ contributions on both ends have been the Lakers’ X-factor so far in the series. Davis has averaged 22 points and 15 boards this postseason. However, he didn’t reach those numbers against the Warriors in Game 2.
Anthony Davis, a defensive powerhouse
Davis blocks four field goal attempts and grabs 12 defensive rebound per game. Davis’ contributions at the defensive end have been vital for the Lakers. He is the key for transition plays and securing rebounds. Game 2 is just another bump in the road, based on his past performances and numbers.
The Lakers have a good chance to gain a significant lead in the series, since Games 3 and 4, which are scheduled for Los Angeles, will be played there. Davis’ performance is likely to be crucial for the Lakers, even though they have home court advantage.