It took Anthony Davis eight years to get to the NBA Finals, but it was well worth the wait for both him and the fans watching at home.
In Game 1, Davis scored 34 points on an efficient 11-21 shooting from the field, including 2-4 shooting from behind the arc. His 34 points are tied for the third-most points scored by a Lakers player in their Finals debut. He also became the first Lakers player to score more than 30 points in a Finals appearance since Kobe Bryant scored 38 points in Game 5 of the 2010 Finals.
For the playoffs, Davis has averaged 29.1 points per game on 56.7% shooting from the field, in addition to 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Here is the list of players that have matched those averages in the postseason this year:
- Anthony Davis
That’s because only a few players have done what Davis has done this postseason. On today’s episode of “Can U Dig It?”, Christian and Jacob talk about how important Davis has been to the Lakers’ success, and how he set the tone for the matchup with the Miami Heat in Game 1.
They also talked about the narratives that have surrounded the Lakers throughout their playoff run, including the argument that their title will have asterisk next to it. Spoiler alert: they’re dumb.
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