D’Angelo Russell Sounds Off On Anthony Davis After Lakers Win Game 1 vs. Warriors
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, and the rest of the players on the Los Angeles Lakers roster tried really hard to beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. It was a good win for the purple and gold and players celebrated their success. AD had a monster performance in the game, delivering 30 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks in 44 minutes of action.
“Big. Huge. Huge performance,” Russell said. “He’s been dominating the playoffs. Gets a lot of hate from the media throughout the year, and I wasn’t a part of it, but I don’t know what you could say about the guy. He’s on the court for almost the whole game. Last series, he dominated when he’s out there. Never asked for a sub. Never asked for a break. If he can play, he’ll dominate the game. If he can’t play, he can’t play.”
Davis entered history as the first Laker who scored 30 points and 20 rebounds in playoff game since Shaq in the 2004 NBA Finals.
AD is the first Laker with 30/20 in a playoff game since Shaq in the 2004 Finals and the 5th in franchise history to do it, also joining Wilt, Kareem and Elgin on that list. https://t.co/Q7d9FgUNAN— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 3, 2023
Russell and Davis have to repeat the success they had in Game 1
Davis and the Lakers played solid basketball. Stephen Curry and his teammates are tough opponents and AD knows it best. It was team effort and the Lakers have to win three more games.
“We didn’t do anything,” Davis said. “Came in, we got a game, but like I said, last series we see what this team can do. We know what this team can do. We know what they’re capable of. So we go back, look at the film, ways we can do better, clean up that last like five minutes in the fourth quarter when they got hot. … We was able to get one in Game 1, but like I said, we haven’t done anything.”
The Warriors met the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the series. It was an exhausting round, and the Warriors had to play seven games to beat the Kings.
Russell was great, too. In 33 minutes of action, he delivered 19 points and six assists while going 9-of-19 overall.