“He Heard All the Noise”: LeBron James Commends Anthony Davis for Giving Fitting Reply to Critics

Published 09/21/2020, 1:17 AM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) with forward LeBron James (23) after making the game winning basket to beat the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis, they knew it was either a championship or a bust season for them. Tonight, Davis proved that getting him was the right move for winning the title. He scored a crucial game-winner for the Lakers against the Nuggets, as they went up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals.

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During the post-game press conference, teammate LeBron James applauded Davis’ performance. Bron said, “He different. It’s that simple. He heard all the noise in the last 48 hours about his ability and what he can do, some people not having him in the All-NBA teams. He just came out and proved why he’s one of the best players in the world.”

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Anthony Davis: Clutch

Players always look to prove their critics wrong. But Davis was in such a hurry to do it, he waited just two quarters. During the halftime show, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said that Davis didn’t have a killer instinct.

 

Davis had a quiet first half but kept his best for the last. LeBron had started the game well and gave the Lakers a boost. However, he could not make any shots in the second half. That’s when Davis came to life. He had 22 points in the second half and scored all of the Lakers last 10 points in the fourth quarter, including the buzzer-beater that ultimately got them the win.

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This was the second game-winning buzzer-beater of AD’s career. His first was way back in 2015, for the Pelicans against the Thunder. Tonight was his first in the playoffs. The last time the Lakers won a playoff game via a buzzer-beater was back in 2010 when Ron Artest (Metta Sandiford-Artest) won it for them against the Suns in the second round.

Sep 20, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) with forward LeBron James (23) after making the game-winning basket to beat the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers need both of their best players to have similar games throughout the rest of the playoffs, if they’re to have a chance at bringing home the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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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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