Lakers’ LeBron James Details How He Tweaked His Game in the Absence of Anthony Davis

Published 03/01/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are now on a two-game winning streak. LeBron James has regrouped the team after a string of defeats, and it required a change of game plan to get them back to winning ways. 

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The Lakers were jubilated after their blowout win over the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James and co. displayed a clinical performance to seal the win, and it came through a 26-point margin. 

The win over the Warriors also meant that the Lakers avenged their loss from early in the season. What’s more significant is that the purple and gold defeated Steph Curry and his team in the absence of key starter Anthony Davis. 

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The Lakers have adapted well without Davis on the team. He will be sidelined for a few more games, and their two recent victories denoted how the team has employed a different strategy to cope without the All-Star big man. 

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) positions teammates during the seconds quarter against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James does not want to lose any more games

The Lakers kicked-off the 2021 season in dominant fashion and kept posting wins one after the other. However, the team saw an alert that they should be working harder after they lost four straight games in Davis’ absence. 

“It’s my job, like you said to figure it out and on both sides of the floor and I think defensively I’ve just been a little bit more active, trying to be in the right position where that benefits our team and benefits myself,” LeBron James said about his extended role. 

“But I’ve just been flying around and it’s helped out our team and everyone’s been flying around and they’ve helped me out as well. I’m definitely not okay with losing and it’s my job to figure out what’s going to be the best for our team and you know we’ve done a good job of that in the last couple of games,” he further added. 

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It is evident that the Lakers’ new formula without Anthony Davis has been working out. A pleased LeBron James wants to keep going at this pace to extend their dominance in the Western Conference

Moreover, credit where it’s due as Dennis Schroder’s return to the team has helped them in several aspects. Schroder can share LeBron’s workload and energize the team with his ball handling. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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