Lakers vs Warriors Play-in: LeBron James & Anthony Davis Hit Season Worst Records as They Squander in First Half

Published 05/20/2021, 12:02 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23), Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Lakers vs Warriors came as a surprise to all those who ever discounted Steph Curry and his team of resilient fighters. The defending champions in the Lakers looked more like a #10 team when they played the Bay Area in their own arena. From LeBron James to Anthony Davis, it was a story of the struggle throughout the first half.

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The Lake Show took its time to wake up and by the time that happened, GSW was already under complete control of the game. So where did the men in golden and purple falter?

LeBron James and Anthony Davis hit a new low

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The otherwise scary duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis seemed extremely out of touch in the play-in. The stars combined for a meager 3/19 in the first half, losing important possessions and allowing the Warriors to take the pressure off Steph Curry.

Not just this, the entire unit missed 31 shots and allowed the defenders in Andrew Wiggins and potential DPOY Draymond Green to rule the show.

For the Lakers, point guard Dennis Schroder went scoreless in the initial and did not kick-start his machine until the beginning of Q3. In fact, their defence, which is usually their biggest strength, failed to live up to the mark. 

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It is tough to believe, but the Warriors were searching for AD on the defense, for he was not at his best self. Steph Curry, with his pick-and-roll, was effective against the defensive powerhouse, at least at the beginning of the game. 

For the Lakers, if not for the duo of Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, they were out of the game sooner than one would imagine. Thanks to them, the Lakers soon found their communication in place as they began the fourth quarter 8-0, taking a crucial lead. The star duo finally shook themselves up and started converting those much-needed reverse layups and alley-oops. 

The Warriors now required some exceptional performance from Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole if they were to cut short the deficit. Steph Curry entered the game with 10 minutes remaining and converted his sixth three-pointer of the night to make it a 2-point game.

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With six minutes remaining (score 89-90 Lakers leading), who do you think will have to face the Grizzlies in their next game? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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