Hoop fans in LA LA Land finally have something to cheer about, with the Lakers currently on a 3-game winning streak. Surprisingly, coach Darvin Ham and crew are devoid of the services of LeBron James, who’s out with an adductor strain sustained through the game against the Clippers.
Amid this critical time, the purple and gold have witnessed the resurgence of Anthony Davis, who has been a walking highlight reel, courtesy of his recent performances. Though barely late, The Brow finally took the reigns, being the leading example on each ends of the court.
Anthony Davis’ last 3 games:
30 PTS | 18 REB | 3 BLK | 63% FG
38 PTS | 16 REB | 4 BLK | 63% FG
37 PTS | 18 REB | 60% FG
He’s the primary player in over 20 years (Shaq, 2001) to have 3 straight games with 30+ PTS & 15+ REB on 60% FG 🤯 pic.twitter.com/IMNviNBORr
— The Lead (@TheLeadSM) November 21, 2022
Anthony Davis has more 30/15 games this season than
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The previous champion seems to have returned to his Bubble version, leading the Lakers in points, rebounds, and blocks. Within the 4 games played to date during King James’ absence, Davis and co are 3-1. The eight-time All-Star seems to have reinstated some faith within the fans.
One one who isn’t essentially the most impressed with AD’s monster numbers off-late is Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who feels this could have been long within the making.
Charles Barkley states his disappointment towards Anthony Davis.
The discussion of AD being a top 5 player when healthy is not any secret. Nevertheless, post the Bubble championship, the 29-year-old has spent more time without work the court coping with injuries. During this time, the Lakers slipped several ranks, the worst being not even making the play-in last season.
Sustaining one injury after the opposite, Davis visibly looked rusty, leaving an aging James to do all of the work. Meanwhile, the Russell Westbrook trade failed to provide the specified results, making it a turmoil situation in LA, with many even suggesting GM Rob Pelinka trade the previous Pelicans superstar.
During Davis’ off time resulting from injuries, TNT analyst Charles Barkley coined the nickname ‘street clothes’ for the Lakers forward, throwing shade at his injury-prone nature.
Fast forward to today, AD has been nothing in need of box-office. Nevertheless, The Chuckster continues to stay unimpressed with the 6ft 10″ forward’s recent outings.
“There’s no 38-year old guy that needs to be the most effective player on his team. Anthony Davis, I said 5 years ago, is gonna be the most effective player on the earth… He’s disenchanted everybody. He should’ve been the most effective player within the league by now.”
– Charles Barkleypic.twitter.com/Abg4OWyBEx
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In keeping with Barkley, AD must have been the prime facilitator on offense by now, allowing an aging James to take a little bit of a backseat.
Anthony Davis needs to keep up the present pace.
Averaging 25.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG, and 1.9 BPG on 55.4% shooting from the sphere, Davis must be the captain of the ship post-James returning too. This can be a perfect opportunity for the three-time blocks leader to position his name along the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Nikola Jokic.
With AD returning to his old self and Russell Westbrook thriving off the bench, the Lakers have a legitimate probability to make the playoffs.