Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis acknowledged that he is not playing his best basketball at the moment but he was happy that he able to help his team beat the Milwaukee Bucks. On Thursday night, the Lakers defeated the Bucks 113-106 to improve their record on the road toan impressive 8-0.
Davis had 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks and he stepped up big time as a facilitator in crunch time help the Lakers fend off the Bucks. "Right now, to be hard on myself, man, I think I suck right now," Davis said after the game, as quoted on ESPN.
"I'm not making shots. I'm not making free throws. But I think tonight my aggressiveness, just being a [post-up threat] and getting to the paint, allowed guys to get open." In the final few minutes of the game, Davis dished out a couple of assists as he found his teammates on the three-point line.
"I trust my teammates. AC hit one for me. Bron hit one and Kenny hit one, and they're in the right spots where I want guys when I have the ball in the post," Davis explained. "And just [am] able to make the read with their guys doubling or collapsing to the paint when I get there, and was able to kick it out and those guys made shots."
LeBron James praises Davis
The Bucks were focused on stopping Davis in crunch time but he then found ways to put his teammates in great spots for a basket. "But I felt like since he's been here, he's so damn good that I know eventually he's going to see a lot of double-teams," James said.
When double teams come to Davis, he is ready to find an open teammate. "He's continuing to grow every single game. Every single film session, we kind of break those things down -- what he sees on the floor," James said.
"Tonight was another example of him just seeing the other side of the floor and putting the ball on time, on target and guys knocking it down." Davis shot 8-of-18 from the field against the Bucks. "My aggressiveness tonight," Davis said, "that's the only way I feel like I'm gonna get out of this funk or whatever that I'm in.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better basketball player every game, and that's what I'm gonna continue to do."