The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors, but lost the first game in the series against the Denver Nuggets. Anthony Davis shut down Stephen Curry and now he has to find a way to neutralize Nuggets Nikola Jokic.
Jokic was brilliant in Game 1 of the series and his opponents have nothing but praise for his great work. In 42 minutes of action, the Nuggets star delivered 34 points, 21 rebounds, and 14 assists while shooting 12-of-17 from the field, 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.
“I mean, he’s a two-time MVP,” Davis said. “He’s very skilled, obviously as his numbers show. Made some tough shots. Just try to make it tough for him. Switching up matchups and schemes on him, but he’s been playing well through the entire season and especially in this playoffs. So you tip your hat to him.”
Davis has to find a solution for Jokic and the Nuggets
When did it go wrong? The Nuggets had an aggressive start of the game and earned a good advantage in the first half. Davis and his teammates tried to regain full control, but it didn’t happen.
Davis went against Jokic in the final moments of the game, but the Nuggets player still delivered a monstrous buzzer beater.
“I just looked at him and just smiled,” Davis said. “There’s nothing else I could have done. 40 feet away from the basket, one dribble, kind of throws it up and it goes in. So it was definitely one of them nights, but we’re encouraged about the second half of the game and things we can get better at and make some adjustments going into Game 2.”
When it comes to Davis, he was brilliant as always. In 42 minutes of action, the Lakers big man scored 40 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks while doing 14-of-23 overall and 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. He had crazy numbers, but it wasn’t enough to take the Lakers to a win in the first game. The franchise will try to bounce back and beat Denver in the second game.