It looks like the “old AD” suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers once again on Monday night, to the chagrin of the Atlanta Hawks. Coming off of a strong performance against the Boston Celtics on Saturday, Davis turned in another solid game for his team on Monday, scoring 25 points on 10-14 shooting from the field and swatting away three shots in a 107-99 win.
Davis’ production was especially valuable on Monday because his superstar teammate, didn’t have it going from field to start the game. Despite the fact that De’Andre Hunter was sidelined for Monday’s contest, the Hawks managed to make life difficult for James through the first three quarters. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that James turned it on and hit a few big shots for his team.
James still did some good things for the Lakers during that time, though, particularly at the beginning of the fourth quarter, when he was on the court with Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell. That lineup helped that the Lakers get out of their rut against the Celtics on Saturday and they did the same thing on Monday. Frank Vogel has made it clear he plans on playing a bunch of different guys together, but that’s a five-man unit that has certainly earned more reps together. And that’s how despite his “struggles,” James still ended the game with 21 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. It’s good to be the best player in the world, especially when a few fans are nice enough to heckle you to give you some extra motivation at the end of a long road trip.
The Lakers are now 16-6, and scheduled to play the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Thursday. The Nuggets had their game against the Detroit Pistons postponed on Monday because a Pistons player returned a positive/inconclusive coronavirus test, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. While there’s been no indication that Thursday’s game will be postponed, that could change within the coming days. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates.