Dominating Anthony Davis not enough as Lakers fall to Suns | NBA

By | November 23, 2022

There’s the promise – Anthony Davis flailing round one of the best jumpers, catching each rebound and disrupting opposing assaults in each method doable.

However there’s additionally the issue – Davis awkwardly tangles his left arm round Devin Booker’s head and hits the sphere, needing a timeout to get again on his ft and onto the Lakers bench.

On Tuesday night time in Phoenix, Davis was in a position to keep within the recreation, grabbing his left elbow and repeatedly attempting to squeeze the texture into his left hand.

It was a reminder of the guess the Lakers took greater than three years in the past when coping with Davis’ future – a guess that paid off with an NBA championship and with too many moments like the primary half Tuesday towards the Suns.

Davis alone wasn’t sufficient in a 115-105 loss to the Suns, with the Lakers freezing from three and taking part in once more with out LeBron James. However Davis was nonetheless full — 37 factors, 21 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 steals — persevering with maybe his greatest recreation for the reason that Lakers offered him.

On Tuesday, Davis grew to become the second participant in NBA historical past to attain at the very least 30 factors, seize 20 rebounds, have 5 blocks and 5 steals, becoming a member of Bob McAdoo.

It is his fourth consecutive recreation with at the very least 30 and his fifth consecutive double-double.

The match appeared determined when Patrick Beverley made his Laker impression, assembly and shoving Deandre Ayton as Ayton stood over Austin Reaves, who was down after being punched within the face by Booker.

Beverley knocked Ayton down, tripping him over Reaves.

Booker was ultimately known as for a flagrant 1 foul, Ayton for a technical foul and Beverley for a technical foul – with Beverley being despatched off for the primary time as a Laker.

The incident apart, the Lakers have not had sufficient round Davis, with Beverley and Troy Brown Jr. – two of Darvin Ham’s starters – combining to overlook all seven of their pictures with out scoring. Beverley grabbed 10 rebounds earlier than being ejected from the sport.

The Lakers, who had been over 30% in every of their final six 3-point video games, had their worst taking pictures night time from deep in a month, going simply 4 of twenty-two (18.2%).

They survived within the recreation because of Davis, 24 factors from Lonnie Walker and 21 from Russell Westbrook and since the staff went 29 of 35 from the free throw line.

Defensively, the Lakers restricted the Suns to only 5 free throw makes an attempt.

The Lakers missed James for the fifth straight recreation since he was injured late in a loss to the Clippers. And whereas there’s optimism he may return when the Lakers play San Antonio on Friday after Thanksgiving, Ham was uncommitted.

“It has been everyday,” Ham stated. “He was in a position to get into the burden room and proceed the strengthening course of. However everyday. I advised him right this moment, after we get to a spot the place we really feel comfy, we’ll get there. The staff, once more, now we have further our bodies in Dennis (Schroder) and Thomas (Bryant) in order that has helped and we’re on a very good tempo proper now so there is no rush. There isn’t a panic mode.

Requested about James’ return, Ham declined to say.

“Circumstances are altering,” Ham stated earlier than the sport. “Contact wooden… no matter that floor is… contact wooden right here, it is an NBA season and once more, we do not need to get too far forward of ourselves in how we plan issues. Once more as soon as, we get our updates on the each day and we transfer accordingly.”

Phoenix, who was with out Chris Paul, received 25 factors from Booker and 25 from Mikal Bridges. Three different Suns gamers scored in double figures.

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