Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis played his second game since returning to the lineup after a two-month absence and acknowledged that it will take time for him to find again connection with his teammates. On Saturday, the Lakers played against the Dallas Mavericks but failed to get a win as the hosts Mavericks claimed a 108-93 win over the Purple and Gold, who only have a dozen games left before the play offs.
"It's like you're starting over with the guys and just trying to find a connection with these guys again," Davis said after his first two games back from a nine-week absence amounted to going 7-for-29 from the field in two losses.
"They're trying to find a connection with me. So, it's like we're starting from zero, which is tough so late in the season." Davis played 28 points on Saturday night in Dallas and had a solid performance as he dropped 17 points against the Mavericks.
Davis hopes the Lakers claim a few wins
"We've got to be able to get some wins," Davis said, looking ahead to the final two games of their road trip against the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards. "This was tough for us.
Orlando and D.C. are must wins for us, for sure." On Saturday, Lakers center Montrezl Harrell picked up his first DNP of the season and it freed more minutes for Marc Gasol. "It's not an ideal situation for anybody," Gasol said.
"We have a very deep team and if coach wants to play three guys or two guys for one spot, it's going to take a lot of buying in." When questioned if Vogel's communication helped him navigate his own personal stretch of three straight DNPs prior to Saturday, he quipped, "You guys are asking the wrong guy.
It's coach's decision. It's coach's call. ... So, don't ask me. I just work here." LeBron James is still a week or two away from returning to the court. "We're going to talk about it," Lakers guard Dennis Schroder said, acknowledging the kinks that need to be ironed out.
"I think when Bron comes back, we're going to have a conversation as a team. Because our chemistry, like AD said, off the court is great. But on the court, we just got to turn it up some more." "You've got to try and figure it out on the fly," Davis said, "which we're going to have to do."