Despite Anthony Davis’s best efforts, the Lakers were unable to pull out a victory over the Nuggets on Sunday and consequently dropped farther out of the play-in race.
Davis, who was obviously favouring his leg from the first quarter on, played through the pain to put up a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short against the reigning MVP Nikola Jokic.
This week on the Silver Screen & Roll Network’s podcast “Can U Dig It,” Harrison Faigen and I break through Sunday’s loss to Denver and what we learned from it.
Is it worthwhile to have Davis play through his obvious injury, especially because the Lakers are so far out from a play-in spot that they have so few games left?
We weigh the benefits and drawbacks, and question if it is best for Davis to sit out the rest of the season and enter the summer in good shape.
Next, we take a look at where the Lakers stand in terms of the play-in games and how likely they are to make the playoffs with four games to go.
After San Antonio’s victory against Portland, which put them two games behind, the Lakers now appear doomed to miss the play-in game.
Davis Admitted, “We were Dreadful in the First Quarter.”
Absolutely not; we did not insist on a certain course of action. To regain our footing, we had to mount a furious comeback in the second period. We can’t keep relying on offence to make up for our weak defence.
But Davis insisted that the Lakers were beginning to think like postseason contenders as the regular season wound down.
The end is in sight. We weren’t too far off, he told us. It’s true that “there’s always room for improvement.”
To call it Boston’s “Masterpiece” is an understatement. Caris LeVert scored 51 points, an NBA career best, as the visiting Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics 129-120 in overtime.
In his last 26 attempts, LeVert shot 65.4% from the field, but the Celtics still lost, falling to 41-18 on the season and 18-10 in the conference.
LeVert, who is only 25 years old, put up 37 of his points in the second half. His ultimate tally includes the Nets’ 11-2 overtime defeat of the Celtics.
LeVert’s incredible game is coming at a great time for Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, who will miss new addition Kevin Durant.
For the rest of the season and will be without Kyrie Irving for the rest of the year as well due to season-ending surgery.
LeVert has even won over the support of the hurt Durant. That 50 was awesome, Vert,” Durant wrote in a tweet. I can’t help but think of the words “Thank you for that masterpiece.”
With this victory, the Nets improved to 26-33 and remained in playoff contention. Brooklyn is positioned eighth in the East.
Los Angeles Clippers’ recent run of success resumed the same night they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.