The Los Angeles Lakers were crushed in Game 2 of their playoff series against the warriors of the golden state Thursday night, and eight-time All-Star Anthony Davis didn’t show up.
Davis scored just 11 points, added seven rebounds and four assists as the Lakers lost 127-100.
His performance came after a dominant game 1 where Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds, and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith was horrified by his response on Thursday night.
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«antonio davis it was pure rubbish last night. Let’s call it what it is. Pure garbage. I mean, it was so bad that the health workers might not want to go near it. And that is his job. To take out the trash,» Smith said Friday on ESPN’s «First Take.»
The Lakers entered halftime down 11 but were outscored 43-24 in the third quarter, freezing play before the start of the fourth quarter.
«This is not about the Lakers losing Game 2. This is about their performance, which was a blatant dereliction of duty,» Smith added. «This brother didn’t show up at all, and he left LeBron James hanging. You’re the one los angeles lakersYou Lakers Nation want to win this series? You have to call this brother. Because he is too big. Anthony Davis, you are too big. While you sleep you can score 11 points. In your dream. That’s how big you are. We know how big you are.
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«There are only two reasons why Anthony Davis isn’t playing like he’s supposed to. He’s injured and he’s either unavailable or not interested. He seemed uninterested last night. He seemed listless. He seemed uncaring.»
The warriors were led by klay thompsonHe had 30 points on an 8-11 shooting from the three-point line.
«I was just trying to get the crowd going,» Thompson said. «It’s always fun when you shoot the ball well, it’s even better when you combine it with a win.»
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The series now returns to Los Angeles for two games, with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday.
«They made their adjustments. We knew they were going to do that, that’s what a championship team does,» James said. «They held serve at their home court tonight.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.