Missed FTs hang-out Anthony Davis after Lakers’ loss to Celtics

Anthony Davis slumped in his chair contained in the Lakers locker room late Tuesday evening, his knees wrapped in ice, his head bobbing at instances, his lips pursed, the ache and despair registered on his face from having missed two key free throws with the sport there for the taking for the Lakers over the hated Boston Celtics.

Davis clasped has arms collectively, closed his eyes and leaned his head again, his physique nonetheless slouched. Lakers coach Darvin Ham walked over to his heart and slapped Davis on the chest and supplied phrases of encouragement.

Austin Reaves additionally came visiting and slapped arms with Davis, who then crossed his arms afterward. Just a few seconds later, Davis rested his head in his left hand.

There was nothing anybody may say to Davis on this evening to assuage over his harm emotions of letting the Lakers’ devoted down, his teammates down, himself down.

All Davis needed to do was make his two free throws with 28.2 seconds left within the fourth quarter and the Lakers would have had a four-point lead. They might have pulled out a recreation through which the Lakers as soon as trailed by 20 factors within the third quarter.

However he didn’t.

And after Jason Tatum drilled a 15-foot fade-away with 17.8 seconds remaining within the fourth to tie the rating, the Lakers went chilly within the further interval and wound up shedding 122-118 in additional time earlier than 18,661 followers at Crypto.com Enviornment.

Davis had been stellar all recreation, his 37 factors, 12 rebounds and three assists an enormous motive why they had been on this recreation.

He had performed a game-high 46 minutes, one second — and all 29 minutes of the second half that included the five-minute additional time.

None of that mattered to Davis.

“I haven’t thought about the rest of the game,” mentioned Davis, who was 11 for 15 from the free-throw line. “Make two free throws, go up four, different ball game. To me, the rest doesn’t matter. Had a chance to ice the game and missed both.”

Davis had been on this place earlier than, needing to make two free throws in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday evening to present the Lakers the lead and a possible win.

However Davis made simply one of many two free throws, tying the rating at 120-120 with 3.1 seconds left within the fourth quarter.

The Lakers misplaced that recreation in additional time, too.

Davis was capable of bounce again from that second two days later, scoring 34 factors, grabbing 15 rebounds and handing out seven assists to assist the Lakers defeat Detroit.

He’s obtained two days off earlier than the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets on Friday evening.

“Got two days. Pretty sure I’ll be over it by then,” Davis mentioned. “Just tough. I mean, Boston is a great team. Philly’s a great team. Two great teams in the East. Got a chance as a team, but me personally, to kinda seal both games. Missed one in Philly, missed both tonight. Both resulted in losses. I know it’s more to it in the game, where you can point things out, lead with four minutes and all that, but we’ve got to do a better job executing in that situation, playing with the lead late in the game. But, for me, you go back to the free throws — Philly, go up one, no timeouts, full court. And then go up four, two-possession game. That’s where my head is right now.”

Davis discovered much more help within the type of LeBron James.

Davis had entered the sport taking pictures 83.2% from the free-throw line, exhibiting that he is among the finest free-throw shooters on the workforce.

That he was upset with lacking the 2 in opposition to the Celtics confirmed James lots about how a lot Davis cares in regards to the recreation.

“That just means he loves the game,” James mentioned. “I mean, if it was the other way around and he was in there smiling then you would be questioning what type of teammate you got.

“So, I know who I’m rocking with every single night. So, I’m absolutely OK with the way he’s feeling. Got a couple of days off. Hopefully he leaves it in here. If not, take the car ride home and try not to take it in the house. But [if there is] just one guy on this ballclub that I love going to the free-throw line in the clutch it’s AD. He’s been on the other side a lot more times in our four years together by closing out games at the free-throw line than on the other side. So, not worried about it one bit.”