The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a tough loss in Game 1 vs. the Phoenix Suns, falling 99-90 in a game that was way more lopsided than the final score makes us think.
The Suns clearly wanted it more. They won every 50/50 ball, were physical, confident, and simply outhustled the Lakers on both ends of the glass.
But perhaps the biggest factor in this game was Anthony Davis' poor performance, as he had just 13 points on 16 shots and 7 rebounds.
Deandre Ayton bodied Anthony Davis on both ends of the floor and had perhaps his most impressive performance since entering the league, proving that he can anchor a defense in the paint and be a dominant scorer as well.
That's why LeBron James urged for his teammate to be more aggressive in the second game of the series, stating that he can handle the pressure and that they're a much better team with he finds his rhythm:
“It’s never on just one guy, but I love when AD puts that pressure on himself,” James said, as quoted by Mike Trudell. “We’re a better team when he’s aggressive. We’re a better team when he demands the ball. But we all gotta do our jobs a lot better, as well. We did a hell of a job defensively but we've got to make shots and tonight we didn't do that."
Obviously, Davis isn't the only one to blame for the Lakers' loss on Sunday. LeBron also needs to step up after scoring just 18 points in the series opener.
Frank Vogel needs to get back to the drawing board for the next game of the series. The Suns were more physical and collapsed the paint, and the Lakers couldn't buy a bucket from beyond the arc. Hopefully, they'll bounce back and make this a series.