Anthony Davis gets brutally honest on Lakers surviving without LeBron James
The Los Angeles Lakers looked like they were turning the corner after a solid three-game win streak. But with LeBron James on the sidelines with an abdominal strain, they once again found themselves on the wrong side of a comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the second time in their last five games.
LeBron James is expected to miss at least a week due to his injury, a storm the Lakers must weather as the try to stay above .500 for the season. AD was adamant after the game that losing his co-star isn’t the death knell most think it is for the purple and gold.
Via Lakers reporter Mark Medina:
Anthony Davis on playing without LeBron James: “We have enough pieces to still win basketball games even though he brings a huge part at both end of the floor with what we do.”
The addition of Russell Westbrook was seen by many as regular season insurance for when either of their stars are forced to miss time. But so far in three games without LeBron James this season, the Lakers haven’t exactly looked like world-beaters.
They’ve played the Thunder twice, both losses and won an overtime game against the San Antonio Spurs, a team many expect to end up in the lottery by season’s end.
“Nobody is going to fill LeBron’s shoes,” admitted Lakers rookie Austin Reeves. “But if everyone steps up and does a little more, we’ll accommodate the amount that LeBron does for us.”
"Nobody is going to fill LeBron's shoes but if everyone steps up and does a little more, we'll accommodate the amount that LeBron does for us." Austin Reaves on the #Lakers 'next man up' mentality. pic.twitter.com/zp5eOsUbBk
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The Lakers have a few more games to right the ship without LeBron James. They’ll have their first opportunity against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.