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Anthony Davis Raises Concern Over Lakers Defense After Raptors Defeat

Anthony Davis Raises Concern Over Lakers Defense After Raptors Defeat

Los Angeles Lakers suffered their first loss in the seeding games at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. The reigning champs put up a stellar show to steal the thunder away from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers’ dynamic duo were kept silent for most parts of the game. However, AD remained calm after the defeat and commented on the loss. 

Davis went for 34 points in the first game against the Clippers, but failed to replicate the brilliance against the Raptors. The 27-year-old was only provided limited options by the Raptors defense, who often double-teamed against him to reduce AD’s impact on the game. 

The seven-time NBA All-Star could only register 14 points in the game, which largely affected the Lakers’ chances of winning. However, AD is aware of how he will be guarded by defenders and has a game-plan in mind.

Lakers star Anthony Davis

Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet posted AD’s comments on his performance against the Raptors. “AD said his primary focus when teams are playing aggressively against him and frequently double-teaming is just to find the open man,” Trudell wrote. “Tonight, they didn’t hit shots. He added that his legs feel good at this point despite the long layoff. He’s just happy to be playing games.”

Are the Lakers lacking confidence in their offensive game? 

The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a massive win against the LA Clippers. Owing to the depth of their roster, they were predicted to win against the Raptors too. Davis was in red-hot form against his city rivals, but did not shine big against the defending champs. 

Toronto was clearly the better team on the night. Looking at the major aspects, they excelled in everything. The Raptors had a 41.7% field goal percentage compared to the Lakers’ 35.4% success rate. 

Did the Lakers come low on their offensive strategy against the Raptors? What does AD think? “I’m not too worried about our offense,” Davis said, as per Mike Trudell. “As long as our defense is there, we’ll find a way to make shots.”

Davis has set such a standard for himself in recent years. His 2-8 field goal accuracy against the Raptors ranks as one of his worst shooting performances this season. AD would definitely not be happy with a 28.6 FG%, but he is confident that the team will improve as the season progresses. 

The Lakers take on Utah Jazz in their next game. Both teams will try to secure a victory following disappointing losses in their second seeding games. Can the Lakers’ offense find success to dominate against their opponents? 

SOURCE: Mike Trudell, Mike Trudell – Twitter

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