It’s one thing to get dragged behind the woodshed. It’s another to ball out, as these Nuggets did Sunday, to leave everything out there, to clean up old mistakes, to get stops, to force turnovers, to get to the line, to surpass the Lakers’ intensity … … and then have Anthony Davis plunge a dagger in between your shoulder blades.Keeler: Anthony Davis just ripped out the Nuggets’ hearts. And it feels like basketball gods have finally turned their backs on Michael Malone. — The Denver Post
Davis said shots like his game winner in Game 2 of the WCF were one of the reasons he wanted to leave New Orleans for the Lakers.Anthony Davis On His Buzzer Beater: ‘I Want The Big Time Plays’ — UPROXX
he Los Angeles Lakers trailed 103-102 with 2.1 seconds to play in Game 2 of their Western Conference Finals matchup with the Nuggets after having seen Denver erase a 16-point deficit in the second half — as has become a regular occurrence for Denver this postseason.
On their final inbounds play, L.A. put their two superstars into the action and made Denver make a quick and difficult decision. The result was Mason Plumlee going to LeBron James, who was already being faceguarded by Jerami Grant, leaving Davis with an open catch and window to shoot a deep three at the buzzer in front of a hard closeout from the side by Nikola Jokic. Davis, who was 1-for-3 on threes to that point in the game, buried the shot and gave L.A. a 105-103 win (and a 2-0 series lead).
AD WINS IT AT THE BUZZER.
OH MY. pic.twitter.com/Um2uWqjmZR
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 21, 2020
After the game, Davis explained that the opportunity to take that shot in that moment was the driving factor in why he wanted to go to the Lakers when he issued his trade request from New Orleans, telling Allie LaForce he “wants the big time plays” and elaborating to reporters later that he knew this was the stage and the championship chase L.A. would afford him.
“I want those shots. I want the big-time plays.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 21, 2020
Lakers’ Anthony Davis on Game 2 winner over Nuggets: “It’s for sure the biggest shot of my career. When I left (New Orleans) I just wanted to compete for a championship. I know moments like this come with it. Especially being in LA, the biggest market in basketball.” pic.twitter.com/5FMsig4n9u
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 21, 2020
Given that the biggest remaining question Davis faced as a player was whether he could take and make these kinds of shots on a championship caliber team, taking the lead in a situation when LeBron James didn’t have it down the stretch, he answered that with an exclamation point on Sunday. Davis was the only Laker to score in the final five minutes of the game, including both of his three-pointers on the night.
It was a sensational performance, further cementing his position as not just one of the league’s most elite talents but as a player capable of stepping up on the big stage and knocking down a critical shot. As the Lakers move forward, that ability, when the focus shifts from defenses to slowing down LeBron James, will be critical in L.A.’s ability to take the Larry O’Brien trophy home from Disney to Los Angeles.
If anything is going to take the wind out of the sails of the never-quit Nuggets, you’d think this could be it. Anthony Davis’ arcing 3-pointer at the buzzer not only gave the Lakers a 105-103 victory in Game 2 of Sunday’s Western Conference Finals series, but it control-shift-deleted all of Denver’s painstaking work to…Could Anthony Davis’ game-winner knock the wind out the never-say-die Denver Nuggets? — Press Telegram
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In all the defensive schemes the Lakers have hatched this season, in all their looks and gimmicks, Anthony Davis has been at the heart of them. On some nights, he was the Lakers’ most physical shot blocker and rebounder. On others, he was among their best perimeter defenders, thrown onto…Lakers’ Anthony Davis lands on NBA All-Defensive first team — Press Telegram
The injury is not considered serious enough to keep him out for an extended period of time.Frank Vogel: “Some concern” Anthony Davis could miss Lakers’ opener Thursday due to eye — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
The Lakers vaulted to title contenders the moment they added Anthony Davis last summer — now a Los Angeles-based charitable effort to feed medical workers is looking for the same kind of infusion. Davis, the 27-year-old All-Star forward of the Lakers, has pledged up to $250,000 in matching donations for Help Feed the Frontline Fighting…Lakers’ Anthony Davis pledges support to help healthcare workers, Staples Center employees — Press Telegram
Lakers forward Anthony Davis grabs a rebound away from the Nets’ Joe Harris during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Brooklyn Nets argues a call with referee Scott Foster #48 during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center…Lakers’ late rally comes up short, as Anthony Davis misses final shot — Press Telegram
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left, and forward Mike Scott defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Al Horford, left,…Anthony Davis leads Lakers past short-handed 76ers — Press Telegram
Editor’s note: This is the Friday, Feb. 28 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Without LeBron James and with an almost too-easy task in front of them, the Lakers woke up after halftime Thursday, knuckling down on defense and hitting the Warriors with…Purple & Bold: No knocking Anthony Davis’ hustle — Press Telegram
EL SEGUNDO — For the fourth consecutive game, the Lakers will have to do without Anthony Davis. Against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, they’ll try to make it four consecutive wins. In the morning shootaround, Frank Vogel confirmed Davis, who has been recovering from a bruised backside for more than a week now, would…Anthony Davis to miss 4th consecutive Lakers game — Press Telegram
A hard fall in Tuesday’s game against the Knicks will keep Anthony Davis sidelined for at least one of the Laker’s back-to-back games. The team announced Friday afternoon that Davis (bruised backside) will miss the Lakers’ tip-off in Dallas at American Airlines Center. It will be just the third game Davis, who leads the Lakers…Lakers’ Anthony Davis will miss start against Dallas Mavericks — Daily News
Knicks forward Bobby Portis, right, fouls Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during the first half Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. Portis was ejected from the game after the flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) New York Knicks forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, defends and forward Anthony Davis watches…Anthony Davis bruises back as Lakers win rough one against Knicks — Press Telegram