Lakers’ Rajon Rondo opens up about playing alongside Anthony Davis
During their short time being teammates on the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo had no trouble in the chemistry department. They got along great and along with DeMarcus Cousins were able to make it to the playoffs, and that connection helped them reunite on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles made easy work of the Philadelphia 76ers with Davis having one of his best games of the season. The Lakers superstar finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Rondo talked about the performance of his teammate and how Davis showed off some guard skills.
“Typical AD-show,” Rondo said of playing with Davis. “He makes it look so effortless. Very easily get the ball in the paint. Score on anyone he plays against, and when he’s hitting the three like he did tonight, the closeouts come easy. He was able to get to the rim.
“Made some nice moves; some point-guard moves. He’s fun to watch and fun to play with.”
With the Lakers on the cusp of ending their playoff drought and expected to make a deep run in the postseason, Davis will be leaned on heavily by the storied franchise as the team tries to win their 17th NBA title. Rondo was asked whether he believes the perennial All-Star can take his game to another level in the playoffs.
“Absolutely,” Rondo said. “The energy and the adrenaline that you have going into those type of games, each round, that you pick up as a player. The lock-in, the mindset that you have going into each round deeper to the playoffs closer to the championship, you elevate your game, so I’m excited to see him get as close as possible to the Finals. See what he can do.”
The Lakers currently hold the top spot in the Western Conference and show no signs of slowing down. The top seed in the West is theirs to lose at this point, setting up what could be an entertaining first-round matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, or San Antonio Spurs.