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Anthony Davis explains why he, LeBron James have so much trust in Austin Reaves

The Lakers turned to Austin Reaves for the biggest shot of the night against the Suns, the latest sign of the trust Anthony Davis and LeBron James have in him.

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With the game on the line, there are few, if any, players in the history of the NBA you’d rather have the ball in his hands than LeBron James. As he constantly reminds people, including this year, he’s going to make the right play and create a good shot far more often than not.

He is also someone who is more than willing to take control of a game, especially a big one, late rather than let others dictate the outcome.

That is at least part of the reason it is absolutely wild that LeBron is so open in deferring to Austin Reaves late in important games. Tuesday was not the first time that he allowed the third-year guard to take the biggest possession late, but it was yet another reminder of the trust the Lakers stars have in him.

“It’s Austin. He’s done it,” Anthony Davis said after Tuesday’s win. “He’s made countless big shots for us, big plays for us. We trust the ball in his hands…We just have a lot of confidence in him and what he’s able to bring to our team and his ability to score at will or to draw fouls. Whether it’s late game or mid-game or early game, we feel we can go to him any time and he can make a play.”

Similar to LeBron, Reaves is someone who will make the right play in those situations. LeBron picked that up long ago and that made him all the more willing to defer to him in those moments.

It was actually the game in Memphis to open the playoffs that both saw the first big instance of LeBron’s trust in Reaves and the moment Austin spoke about having changed the on-court relationship between the two. Perhaps it was as simple as LeBron, ever the observant one, noticing the work Reaves has put in and placing belief in that work paying off, as Reaves himself has done.

“I just trust myself and trust the work that I put in,” he said. “I looked over and Bron was pointing toward me. AD had the ball and flipped it to me and set a ball screen and, at that point, there’s nothing else to do but go make a play. I made the shot and we go home happy.”

Tuesday’s game might not have been a playoff game, but it was one that felt like a playoff game and it certainly wasn’t an average regular season game. At this point, there isn’t a game or moment that LeBron and AD wouldn’t have trust in Reaves to have the ball when it matters.

And the good news is that Reaves is Him and keeps repaying their belief.

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