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Anthony Davis reacts to Lakers’ early offensive struggles in NBA bubble


The Los Angeles Lakers (51-16) have already clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and they played like a team without much to gain in Wednesday’s 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers played their starters on limited minutes, and the effort was also seemingly limited across the board. In fact, the team’s fourth seeding game marked L.A.’s lowest-scoring performance of the 2019-20 season. LeBron James (19 points, 7-for-19 shooting, 11 assists) was the only Lakers starter to crack double figures, while bench players Dion “Philly Cheese” Waiters (14 points) and Kyle Kuzma (10 points) were the team’s next top scorers.

Anthony Davis, for the second time in the bubble, followed up a monster game with a meager one. After dropping 42 points and 12 rebounds in the team’s 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday, AD produced just nine points on 3-for-11 shooting in 29 minutes.

The Lakers have gone 2-2 since the restart and has struggled with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the starting lineup instead of Avery Bradley. But Davis doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“We’re getting wide open shots,” the All-Star said after the game.

Davis is shooting 40% from the field in the bubble, while James is averaging a tepid 20.3 points per game. The Lakers have made 25.2% of their three-point attempts in the fan-less setting, and 30.8% from the field overall.

Still, Davis is confident his team will be ready when postseason action gets underway, in part because he believes their defense has been in solid form.

“I think we’re fine,” he said. “I don’t think anything is eye-opening, something that we need to be afraid of. The offense is going to come around.”

The Lakers will complete their back-to-back against the Houston Rockets (42-25) on Thursday.