Lakers News: Anthony Davis Explains How Offensive Struggles Affect Mindset
Lakers News: Anthony Davis Explains How Offensive Struggles Affect Mindset
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

It was not the prettiest win Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers have had, but they will gladly take it as they won a tough outing against the Sacramento Kings.

LeBron James has been absolutely brilliant in his second season in Los Angeles as he recorded another double-double, posting 29 points and 11 assists while also providing solid defensive effort. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also seemed to finally break out as he finished the evening with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with the majority of those points coming in the fourth quarter.

Davis, who returned after a one-game absence, had a rare off night shooting from the field as he went 5-of-12, managing 17 points in the process. The Kings made a concerted effort to get the ball out of his hands by doubling whenever he caught the ball, something that he has struggled with to begin the season.

However, Davis also seemed to exert more effort and energy on the defensive end and he explained how his shooting woes influenced that.

“It definitely increases my mindset. When the shot’s not falling, I try to do the other things to help this team win,” Davis explained.

“The team was trying to get me going, I just missed some shots. I try to take it out on the defensive end. Making plays for my team and make sure the other team didn’t score. Kind of just make up for it.”

Davis has already begun to make a strong case for the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award as he has been by far and away the team’s best player on that side of the ball with his ability to contest shots at the rim and switch onto guards or wings on the perimeter. Against Sacramento, he blocked four shots and added a steal while also deterring several drives to the rim.

Davis would also come up with the biggest play of the game as he was able to rotate over after Harrison Barnes faked a handoff and drove to rim. Barnes attempted to lay the ball up, but Davis was able to jump straight up and block it, sealing the win for the Lakers.

The Lakers defense has been one of the more surprising developments since no one expected this kind of production from them so early on and Davis has been instrumental to that. His presence on the defensive end is a game-changer and will help carry this team on nights when the offense does not have it going.

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma Sent Highlight Of Shot Over Backboard To Kobe Bryant

Beyond producing a successful rookie season, another means by which Kyle Kuzma endeared himself to Los Angeles Lakers fans was through his embracing of Kobe Bryant and…

Lakers News: Luke Walton Compares LaVar Ball’s Outspoken Ways To His Father, Bill Walton

The Los Angeles Lakers rebuilding process and long awaited draft pick revelation have shined a new light on the organization…

Byron Scott Says He Is Getting Close To Making Lineup Changes

With the Los Angeles Lakers getting off to a terrible 3-13 start…

Ex-Lakers Forward Caron Butler Gives Back At Children’s Hospital Of Los Angeles

Caron Butler may have only played for the Los Angeles Lakers for a single season, but the connection that he made to the community will last a lifetime….