Anthony Davis sat down in a hooded sweatshirt covering most of his face, with a black ribbon covering his sprained right thumb, his voice slightly louder than a whisper when asked how the injury affected him in the second half of the Lakers game Thursday night at Staples Center. …
“It’s okay,” Davis said.
But Davis didn’t seem to play with the same strength after the injury.
In the first half, he scored 18 points on eight of 13 shots and 12 rebounds. In the second half, he had just 11 points and six rebounds.
He was asked about Saturday night’s game against the Lakers in Portland.
“I’ll see how it feels,” Anthony said.
Here are five takeaways from the 107-104 Lakers’ defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder:
1. Davis was injured at the Lakers summit, but lost to LeBron James due to abdominal strain, and they were in pain.
Davis was almost unstoppable in the first half against Thunder, making his first seven shots.
But at the end of the second quarter, Davis said he punched Shai Gilgeus-Alexander in the thigh and his thumb “bent”.
“It was very swollen, all the blood in the nail and everything, I couldn’t budge,” Davis said. “Stay there and try to finish the game.”
2. When asked about his last two games in the game, Russell Westbrook was alarmed.
He flipped the ball with 21 seconds left and the Lakers were down 103-101. He dribbled the ball to court and eventually threw it out of bounds.
When the Lakers lost a three, Westbrook conceded a three with 3.5 seconds left.
He finished with 27 points, six rebounds and five assists, but his last two games stood out.
So Westbrook was asked what happened to the pass and the three.
“What do you mean?” he asked.
Where did you foul? The ball slipped out of your hands? The ball flew out of your hands?
“You saw it,” Westbrook said. “Don’t ask me questions to which you know the answers. You saw it. “
Westbrook was told that he was asked to explain how the two plays unfolded from his point of view.
“No. No. Just watch the game. You see what happened, ”he said. “Lost the ball. I missed the top three. Nothing like this. Appreciate you.
He got up and walked away.
3. In the second quarter, the Lakers were 19 points ahead, but still lost.
But again, this is nothing new.
Last week in Oklahoma City, they were 26 points ahead of Thunder and lost that game, another failure against a team that had just two wins – both against the Lakers.
Thunder tore into the Lakers’ defense in the fourth with 35 points, 52% of his shots and 50% of their three-pointers (six of 12).
“On the defensive, we were all over the place,” Davis said. “I feel like they were waiting for our coverage and were just separating us. Whether it’s a jump shot or near the end, just passing it to the right guys. For some reason this command enters [and] every time they shoot us. They earned 15 threes again tonight. Um, how they played in the first game, and we want the guys to shoot the ball. They fired shots. But we still had to win the game. “
4. Carmelo Anthony tried to put the Lakers on their backs in the fourth quarter, doing great things over and over again.
His three-pointer with 39.5 seconds to finish brought the Lakers to 103-101.
His three-pointer took the Lakers to 105-104 with 9.6 seconds remaining.
But Anthony was unable to take the last three-pointer. It was Westbrook – a miss.
Anthony finished with 21 points and made half of his 10 threes.
5. The Lakers have an interrupted three-game winning streak and are now 5-4.