Anthony Davis’ Recent Form Shows Why Lakers Fans Shouldn’t Be Worried About Standings

Published 05/10/2021, 5:17 AM CDT
May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts after a dunk during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers had a huge win last night, anchored by their superstar Anthony Davis. The Brow has missed over half the season, but he is now making a strong comeback with the playoffs nearing.

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Last night, against the Phoenix Suns, AD had a season-high 42 points. It was a dominant performance for him, as he made life miserable for the Suns defense. The Lakers desperately needed a win and AD delivered. With LeBron James still on the sidelines, the Lakers needed AD to step up. And he answered the call brilliantly, leading the team both offensively and defensively.

While the win is vital for the Lakers, the recent form of Davis could be more important. With the playoffs approaching, the Lakers needed both LeBron and AD to be healthy and also in good form. Although Bron is still injured, fans will be ecstatic about AD’s resurgence.

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Anthony Davis returning to his 2020 playoffs form?

Last season was the first time Davis played in the postseason on a contending team because the Pelicans were never a serious team in the playoffs. They qualified for the postseason just twice in his seven seasons in New Orleans and made it out of the first round once.

But when he played with the Lakers, AD was on a tear. He averaged 27.7 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting a stellar 57% from the field in the 2020 playoffs. He was dangerous in the regular season, but he turned it up a notch in the playoffs. These last two games from Davis have been reminiscent of those playoff performances.

Despite coming off an injury, he isn’t playing it safe. He made huge hustle plays throughout the game against the Suns, leaping and diving for rebounds, chasedown blocks, and playing for over 40 minutes. This is what the Lakers are expecting from him in the playoffs, and AD is already showing he is ready for the regular season to end.

Was this a preview of the Lakers’ first-round playoff matchup?

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The Lakers are likely to finish seventh. Unless the Blazers lose their games and the Lakers win theirs, it will stay this way. They will head to the play-in where they will be expected to come out as a seventh seed and face the Suns once again. So this is likely how it will go for the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.

May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) falls while shooting the ball defended by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22)during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Fans will be in good spirits seeing how the team dominated despite not having LeBron. So once Bron is back, the team will only get better. And if they continue to play this way, they will be strong challengers for the 2021 NBA title.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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