‘Poke LeBron in His Eye a Lot More’: Anthony Davis Gives Props to LeBron James’ Shot After Play-in Win

Published 05/20/2021, 3:56 AM EDT
May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gets a high five from forward LeBron James (23) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors put on an instant classic tonight. The Lakers defeated the Warriors in an incredible game that went right down to the wire. LeBron James made an incredible three-pointer to close the game, and the Lakers clinched the seventh seed. It was an incredible second-half performance by James and Anthony Davis, but they didn’t start the game well.

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Anthony Davis praised LeBron James

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis spoke after the game about LeBron James. He joked that James should be poked in the eye more if it means he’ll make shots like the one he did. But AD gave James props for playing at a high level for all the time that he’s known him. He praised James for making the shot that put the Lakers in a winning position and which was crucial for the Lakers’ post-season.

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AD said, “First off I think we need to poke LeBron in his eye a lot more (if) his shots are like that. He’s done it his whole career, he’s done it since I’ve been knowing him. Hitting from that type of range, big shot, put us up three. Good defense by us knowing that they’re down three, and Steph is going be the guy to try and shoot it.”

Lakers struggled against the Warriors

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Davis added that the Lakers had to do everything in their power to shut down Stephen Curry. And that is what they did in the final stages of the game. The Lakers started the game very poorly, not playing the way that champions do. But they buckled down in the second half and started to get stops. Playing against a team like the Warriors is never easy, but AD was happy with the close win.

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) goes up for a dunk past Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) in the second half the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

AD added, “We just smothered him, they tried to make someone else beat us. And that’s the type of defense we had, especially in the second half. In the first half, we were very lackadaisical, not Lakers basketball, not our defense. We picked up in the second half, and just got going… We know we’re not going to be perfect against a team like that. But at the end of the day we came out with the win and that’s all that matters.”

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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