Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis admitted he wasn't in great spirits after Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers but LeBron James encouraged him that everything would be fine. In a 100-93 Game 1 loss, Davis scored 28 points but shot only 8-of-24 from the field and knocked 12 of his 17 free throw attempts.
"I was really down on myself after Game 1," Davis said, per ESPN. "I didn't feel like I performed to the level I needed to. And he let me have my moment and kind of get on myself, and then he talked to me and said I was fine.
"He said it's one game, and as a guy who's won multiple championships and been in these situations before, he knows what to expect. He knew what to expect from his teammates and he kind of just was there for me to kind of encourage me and keep me levelheaded.
Because it was just one game."
Davis then delivered in Game 2
Davis was the best Laker on the floor in Game 2 as he scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in only three quarters played as the Lakers routed the Trail Blazers 111-88 to even the series.
Davis, who was traded to the Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason, says it's been a pleasure to work with three-time NBA champion James. "Our relationship has been great the entire season," Davis said of James.
"I've kind of just been leaning on him this entire season, just trying to figure out the tricks [of the] trade of playing with a guy like him and a team like this. ... He kind of has been there for me and supporting me and kind of guiding me through this entire process."
Just before the tipoff, there was no need for James to tell anything to Davis. "He didn't say one word to me today," Davis said. "He kind of already, I mean, he kind of knew. He saw the look on my face from the beginning."
Lakers coach Frank Vogel was extremely happy with the way his team played. "We're competing at a very high level," Vogel said. "The care factor on the defensive side of the ball is where it should be for playoffs, to win in the playoffs.
We have tremendous, tremendous respect for the offensive firepower of the basketball team that we're playing."