Anthony Davis Disappoints, LeBron's Shot Disappears as Lakers Lose Game 2 to Nuggets, 108-103
As it was in Game 1, the Lakers gave themselves a great chance to win Game 2 in Denver and tilt the series in their favor heading back to LA for Saturday's Game 3. And as it was in Game 1, the Lakers fell short, this time losing 108-103. But while the results were the same, how they got there was very different. The Lakers built and early lead, but couldn't maintain it. Anthony Davis, who was great in Game 1, was definitely not in Game 2. 4-15 from the floor, and while he did block four shots and get to the line 11 times, overall wasn't even close to the performance the Lakers needed from him.
LeBron James, meanwhile, did a lot of things well. It was one of the best defensive games James has played in LA, but offensively, he missed all six of his 3-pointers, bobbled away an easy dunk trying to get fancy with it, and then smoked two layups, including one at the end (after a tremendous steal) that would have cut the deficit to two with about 26 seconds left. That was LA's last, best chance to stay in the game.
In Game 1, the Lakers were white hot from downtown. In Game 2, 8-30. Take away Austin Reaves (5-9) and that drops to 3-21. Not gonna get it done.
Meanwhile, LeBron tweaked his ankle late in the game, and while he's expected to play on Saturday, it's one more blow to a guy who looks like he might have hit the limits of output at 38, with so many miles on the odometer.
It's back to LA on Saturday, where the Lakers have to win. And then win again on Monday. But first things first.
HOSTS: Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
SEGMENT 1: Jamal Murray went nuclear in the fourth, and no Laker could match him. Anthony Davis just wasn't good enough.
SEGMENT 2: LeBron James did a lot of good stuff... but the bad stuff? Oof.
SEGMENT 3: Have the Lakers hit a wall?
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