Anthony Davis Says 'The Handiest Means Is Up' for Lakers After Loss to Raptors
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Losers of three straight games and seven of their final nine, the Los Angeles Lakers are flirting with being knocked down into the play-in for the 2021 postseason.
Anthony Davis does not appear alive to.
"Here is the bottom we now accept as true with been quickly. No lower than within the final two years. ... However the particular blueprint is up. We essentially cannot get any decrease than this," Davis suggested journalists after Sunday's 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers, Portland Path Blazers and Dallas Mavericks accept as true with the same 36-28 document with eight games final within the fashioned season. The Lakers for the time being support the No. 6 seed due to tiebreakers that give them an advantage over Portland, but they favor to expose issues around to lead obvious of no doubt lacking the postseason altogether.
If the Lakers drop to the No. 7 seed, they'll face off in a one-game playoff against the No. 8 seed to build the 7 space for the playoffs. If the Lakers had been to lose that game, they'd then play the winner of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game for the rights to the No. 8 seed.
Whereas it might possibly possibly appear unlikely that the Lakers would lose both games and drop out of the playoffs altogether, they're battling chemistry as they work Davis and LeBron James support into the lineup. James has clearly been at lower than 100 p.c since strolling again from a excessive ankle sprain Friday against the Kings, averaging 17.5 aspects, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in two games. Davis hasn't been particularly splendid all season and has been hideous since his return from a calf stress and Achilles tendinosis, averaging 16.5 aspects on 39.4 p.c capturing whereas adding 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in six games.
The Lakers' subsequent 5 games are all against teams which might well be for the time being within the playoffs, initiating with the crimson-sizzling Nuggets on Monday night. Or not it is unclear if James has been ramped up ample to play in support-to-support games, but he does not appear to accept as true with great desire with the Lakers' playoff hopes in nervousness. Then again, he did dash away Sunday's game early with ankle soreness.
Or not it is moreover price noting that the 1994-95 Houston Rockets are the particular team in NBA history to accumulate a championship without a need home-court advantage in any spherical of the playoffs.