Anthony Davis Exudes Confidence In Latest Words Despite Horrific Lakers Drubbing

Published 10/15/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
October 14, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots the basketball against Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The preseason for the Los Angeles Lakers is done and dusted. However, it has raised plenty of doubts surrounding their potential in the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season. Of course, LeBron James haters might be breathing sighs of relief looking at their poor performance and all the hype that was surrounding them after their blockbuster offseason. On the contrary, James’ right-hand man, Anthony Davis still is very optimistic about the opening night of the regular season.

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Anthony Davis gives a boost of confidence

Their most recent loss against the Sacramento Kings might have a difference of just four points, but that still counts as another loss. The purple and gold have lost all six of their preseason games. Each one of them, worse than the previous game. In fact, their matchup against the Kings can be considered their best one till now.

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They lost to the Phoenix Suns by a margin of 29 points, and to the Brooklyn Nets by 26 points. And what’s worse is, it happened in their territory, Staples Center. However, their game against Sacramento was only their second game in which the Lakers had their entire newly formed ‘Big Three’ playing. LeBron ended up being the lead scorer with 30 points, Anthony Davis with 14, and Russell Westbrook with 18.

So, it could be that the Lakers just need more time for their trio to build better chemistry. Clearly, the three of them together produce better results than otherwise. And despite their disappointing preseason, AD is still very confident about their first game of the season against the Warriors. “I feel good going into opening night,” he said.

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Can the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors, on the other hand, have had a much better preseason than the Lakers. They have won all four of their games, despite Klay still sitting out. However, the Dubs aren’t dealing with the injury troubles that the Lakers are.

October 14, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots the basketball against Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) and forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, the preseason hardly determines a team’s fate in the playoffs. But it definitely does give some idea about what’s to come and what to expect. Unfortunately, the only thing the Lakers have so far shown is a disappointment. Can they finally turn the tables around? Or will they carry their losing streak to the regular season?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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