Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis took the full responsibility after a Game 1 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Davis, who shot 5-of-16 from the field, finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as the Suns beat the Lakers 99-90.
"There's no way we're winning a game, let alone a series, with me playing the way that I played," Davis said after a poor performance, per ESPN. "So, I mean, this is on me. I take full responsibility, for sure.
"We'll be better Game 2." Davis didn't like the way he started the game but he is not worried about his performance as he is confident he will play much better in Game 2. "Usually I come out the gates very dominant, and I think tonight, or today, we had it going," Davis explained.
"So, I kind of just got lost in the offense. But I still have to be assertive and find ways to get the ball. "It just kind of took me out of rhythm, but that's on me. I still got to find ways to make plays on that end of the floor, offensively.
So, like I said, it's on me. I'm not too worried about my performance. I know I'll be better. I know we'll be better in Game 2."
LeBron James shows confidence in Davis
"I love it when AD takes that pressure on himself," said James, who led L.A.
with 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. "We're a better team when he's aggressive, we're a better team when he demands the ball. But we all got to do things a lot better as well." "Anytime he comes to the pressure and tells you guys we can't win with him playing the way he played, he always responds," James said.
"So, looking forward to that. And when AD is AD again, we'll be the Lakers." Suns big man DeAndre Dayton did a great job on Davis in Game 1. "I thought DA was pretty sound as far as not going for pump fakes and having his stick hand up," said Suns coach Monty Williams.
"Anthony missed some shots, but I thought DA did a really good job of just trying to stay in front of him. He's an all-world player, so DA is going to have to be even better in Game 2. We know what we're going to face when we play these guys again."