Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to a big win over the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of their first-round playoffs series. The Brow felt he was in debt with his team after a poor performance in Game 1 that made 'ADisney' trend on social media.
After that first game, the former New Orleans Pelican wasn't ready to leave the gym while he took some shots. He was locked in following the 99-90 loss in front of the Suns.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Davis was furious with his performance on Sunday. One day later, he decided he would stay at the facility until he got things back on track.
“He was pissed off,” a source told Yahoo Sports.
Usually, the star forward is one to lighten the mood with a smile or by sharing a laugh or two with teammates. It was the opposite. Sources with knowledge of that practice session said Davis walked into the gym deadpanned and voiceless, setting a tone and a vibe the team felt.
He was keen to prove himself that he can get the job done and Davis wasn't ready to leave the gym, even if that meant he would miss the bus that would take the Lakers back to their hotel.
Following practice, the team headed for the busses but Davis remained on the court getting work in.
Players yelled out “last bus,” which is a customary call around the league from players alerting teammates that’s it’s time to go and you could possibly get left behind.
Sources said Davis replied, “I’m not leaving until I get this s*** right.” And he continued shooting.
On Tuesday, Davis found himself in a good position, helping the Lakers tie the series against the Suns with a 34-point performance, scoring 21 points more than his first presentation in the 2021 NBA playoffs.
AD received a lot of criticism after that first game. He kept the receipts, got to work and the result was a burst of 34 points in the next game. Now the Lakers are waiting for the Suns at the Staples Center, hoping to get a win that routes the series in their favor. Of course, Davis will try to put up another show and let Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton have it.