In Tuesday night’s Play-In game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Anthony Davis and the Lakers managed to pull off an overtime victory after erasing a 15-point deficit.
LeBron James and Dennis Schroder appeared to be the heroes of the game when they tied the game at 95 and James drove to find Schroder for a crucial three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. However, things took a turn for the worse when Anthony Davis fouled Mike Conley while shooting a three-pointer, leading to three successful free throws and overtime.
Many fans and analysts were not happy with Davis’ costly mistake, including former NBA player Kendrick Perkins.
What did Perkins say about Davis?
In a tweet after the game, Perkins blasted Davis, saying, “AD is to damn old to keep making those dumb ass mistakes!!! God Bless America.” Perkins’ frustration was understandable, as Davis’ mistake could have easily cost the Lakers the game and their spot in the playoffs.
Even LeBron James jokingly called out Davis during a post-game interview, accusing him of ruining Schroder’s amazing moment with his mistake. Davis was quick to apologize on camera, but the damage had already been done.
Schroder, who had left the game during the second quarter after rolling his ankle, managed to make a huge impact when he returned. He finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal in the Lakers’ win.
Despite their victory, the Lakers’ playoff run will be a tough one. They have secured the seventh seed in the Western Conference and will be facing off against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. With the stakes so high, the Lakers will need to be more careful and avoid making costly mistakes if they hope to make it to the next round.
Lakers Laugh Off Davis’ Foul in Play-In Victory, Anthony Davis Apologizes
LeBron James and Anthony Davis shared a light moment after the Lakers’ thrilling 108-102 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA play-in tournament. During their postgame interview, the pair brushed off Davis’ foul on Timberwolves guard Mike Conley that allowed Minnesota to tie the game with just 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation, with James calling it a “brain fart” and Davis apologizing for the mistake.
While it appeared that Dennis Schröder had secured the win with a three-pointer, Davis made contact with Conley as he attempted a shot in the corner. Conley made all three of his free throws, forcing the game into overtime. Had the Lakers lost, Davis’ foul would have undoubtedly become a contentious issue, but the team can now focus on their upcoming first-round match against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite the Lakers’ struggles since their 2020 NBA Finals win, they have improved significantly since the trade deadline, making them more than capable of upsetting the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. And with LeBron James in the postseason, it’s never wise to bet against the Lakers.