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Anthony Davis Storms Out Of Press Conference While De’Angelo Russell Takes NBA Refs To Task Online

Published 04/23/2024, 2:21 AM EDT

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Anthony Davis was frustrated! He’s had enough, which was visible in the post-game pressers. The cause of his frustration? Jamal Murray and his game-winning buzzer-beater on Monday. He was definitely not going to break down what Murray single-handedly achieved against the Lakers. During the post-match conference, Davis dropped the mic and walked off after issuing a 5-word statement. “Jamal Murray made a shot.” The overturning of the decision has now become a heated topic on social media, with Russell aligning himself with the specific opinion.

Murray and the Nuggets took away a 20-point second-half deficit, winning 101-99 in Game 2 of the playoff series. Davis was in a position to block Murray from making the memorable throw, but couldn’t get his hand extended far enough to do the same.

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His frustration came into view for obvious reasons. The Lakers blew their chance to defeat the Nuggets once again. They are currently 0-2 in the playoffs so far. And despite Davis trying his best, putting up 32 points, 14-for-19 shooting, along with 14 rebounds, he could not help the Lakers’ cause. And its not like Murray was outperforming since the beginning. What Murray did on Monday was an even bigger shock for everyone.

He was struggling till the fourth quarter. He started with 3-of-16 at the beginning, but suddenly, it seemed like he was possessed! Murray went in for 6-for-8 in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 99-99 with just half a minute left on the clock.

Furthermore, Davis’s reaction has also caught the eyes of many NBA enthusiasts, who have seldom seen such a reaction coming off the 9x NBA All-Star.

LeBron James criticized the decision to overturn D’Angelo Russell’s foul

While the NBA world debated the decision to overturn the foul granted to D’Angelo Russell, it didn’t take long for the Lakers’ lead scorer Lebron James to address the same. During the post-game press conference, he communicated his annoyance over the decision, asking how the alleged ‘mistake’ can be made even in today’s NBA.

“I don’t understand what’s going on in the replay center, to be honest,” said LeBron. “D’Lo clearly gets hit in the face on a drive, what the f**k do we have a replay center if it…. It doesn’t make sense to me. It bothers me.”

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The 39-year-old even compared the situation with the one that was allegedly faced by the 76ers when playing against the New York Knicks. According to reports, the 76ers believed that there were some “incorrect foul calls” made during their playoff games and are now set to reportedly file an ‘official grievance’ with the league over the same.

Considering what Murray did, none from Los Angeles were ready to talk. It wasn’t just Davis who was angry, Darvin Ham was, too. PG D’Angelo Russell too voiced his opinions on his X account. He expressed his frustration with the referees by stating, “That’s a foul. We all saw it on national television”. This was a reference to the incident that occurred during the 3rd quarter when Nuggets small forward Michael Porter Jr. reportedly hit Russell in the face.

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The Lakers player was making a dash toward the basket when the incident occurred. A foul was called in Russell’s favor, but the decision was overturned by referee, Scott Foster after the Nuggets challenged it.

What are your thoughts on Anthony Davis and D’Angelo Russell’s post-game reaction? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Saumya Khanduja