After an MRI confirmed Anthony Davis suffered a strained groin in Sunday’s loss against the Suns; the Lakers listed the eight-time All-Star as questionable for Game 5 at Phoenix. According to Draymond Green, there is no need to rush him back to play tonight.
I think the approach should be to not play Anthony Davis. You get a free swing at Phoenix, you’re not supposed to win that game anyway, and the reality is you have two chances to go to Phoenix and win a game. You let him rest, get him as healthy as you can for Game 6.Draymond Green, Inside the NBA
Davis, who finished Game 4 with six points in 19 minutes, is showing great determination to play tonight, with the series tied 2-2. But the Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is prioritizing his health at this stage of the postseason. “We’ll see what the groin feels like and we’ll make a smart decision,” he said. “But he’s in good spirits.”
If AD is to sit out tonight’s game, expect LeBron James to assume more of the Lakers’ burden, especially on the offensive end. So far in the series, the 36-year-old superstar took a step back, allowing Davis to become the team’s go-to scoring option. Such an approach paid dividends in Games 2 and 3 when AD posted 34-point double-doubles, leading the Lakers to back-to-back victories. Not having AD on the floor tonight will require a paradigm shift for the Purple and Gold, one that will be centered around The King himself.
Overall, LeBron is averaging 21.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.5 assists against the Suns, shooting 49.3% from the field, 32.1% from three, and 58.8% from the free-throw line. For the Lakers to have any chance to go up 3-2 against Phoenix, he will have to be more aggressive and reinsert himself as the team’s No.1 option on offense. The only question is, can his ankle hold up?
Bron’s fine. He’s going to go out there, control the entire pace of the game and get them a chance to win. That’s all you can ask for.Draymond Green, Inside the NBA
According to Charles Barkley, that still won’t be enough for the Lakers to advance past the Suns. But Draymond pushed back against that. For him, the defending champs are favorites to make their second straight NBA Finals. What team from the East will be the final hurdle on their way to back-to-back NBA titles? The Warriors forward also made his prediction.
Brooklyn’s winning the East. I don’t really think that’s that bold though, but who’s beating them?Draymond Green, Inside the NBA
The Nets have a 3-1 lead over the Celtics, looking to close out the series as early as tonight. Despite being on the court for only 5.8 percent of the Nets’ regular-season minutes, Brookyn’s Big Three showed incredible dominance four games into their postseason run. So far, they’ve imposed himself as favorites to come out of East and make the NBA Finals. The Lakers — not so much.
But Draymond Green still believes in LeBron, even if he’s going to have to it by himself. Can you blame him?