Anthony Davis joins George Mikan, Shaquille O’Neal with incredible Finals debut for LA
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis did not show any nerves in his NBA Finals debut on Thursday, as he led L.A. to an impressive 116-98 victory against the Miami Heat. The 27-year-old finished with a game-high 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting — a scoring feat that allowed him to join the company of other Lakers greats in George Mikan and Shaquille O’Neal.
Below is Davis’ post-game interview, as he talked about his memorable Finals debut:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2020
Along with his 34 points, AD also added nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and just one turnover in 38 minutes of play. He also went a pristine 10-of-10 from the stripe, while also going 2-of-4 from rainbow territory. The Purple & Gold faithful could not have asked for a more outstanding performance from him in his first ever game in the Finals.
It’s interesting to note how in his interview above, Davis spent majority of the time talking about his team’s faults throughout the contest. He called out the Lakers for starting slow, as well as for getting too comfortable with such a huge lead late in the game. The message he had throughout the discussion was that they all need to do better moving forward.
This speaks volumes of Davis’ mindset in the Finals. Despite L.A. obliterating Miami in Game 1, he could not help but nitpick the issues he believe his team exhibited throughout the contest. It is clear that he has no intentions of resting on his laurels here, so expect Davis to come out in Game 2 with the same no nonsense mentality.