Thanks to his ogre performance that night, Anthony Davis joined LeBron James in the ranking of the Lakers’ leading scorers in these playoffs. After seven games played, the two men have a common average of “only” 22.1 points.
This quantified balance sheet has nothing comparable with the data in the regular season. The first was running at nearly 26 points on average, where the second flirted with 29 units. This downward trend is obviously explained by the rhythm of the playoffs: the Lakers score 113 points per game against 117 in the league.
In the case of LeBron James, another factor is to be taken into account: he plays a progressively less central role in attack. A consequence of the adjustments made in the workforce in recent weeks.
” He makes the right choices on offense. He will sometimes dictate the pick-and-roll, the attack, and he will be away from the ball at other times. We got guys who can carry the ball, like DLo (D’Angelo Russell)Austin (Reaves)Dennis (Schroder)Rui (Hachimura)and of course AD This gives him a chance not to have to do the game all the time “, describes Darvin Ham, after the victory on the floor of the Warriors this night.
The Lakers coach has made a profitable bet so far by developing, alongside the “King”, two players capable of sanctioning from afar, but also of creating for others: D’Angelo Russell therefore, and especially Austin Reaves, now full-time starter for the “Purple & Gold”.
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These two men, relayed by Dennis Schroder who came on the bench, see their “usage rate” (percentage of offensive actions that a player uses or finishes when he is on the floor) increase in the playoffs, where that of LeBron James drops : with 26%, against 32% in the regular season, he is still the most mobilized player offensively. And the one who still takes the most shots on average by the way (19).
” In the final stretch, when you really need him to raise his voice and especially dominate with the ball, he is able to do it with a lot of fuel in his tank “, Image Darvin Ham on this choice to “save” more in the game his star earlier in the meeting.
This Game 1 against the Warriors is probably not the most representative since the “King” lacked skill overall (22 points at 9/24), especially in the last quarter (3/9 ). But he was able to show himself important in other sectors with 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks, including that on Stephen Curry five minutes from the end.
” He makes an overall match. He doesn’t force anything, that’s what he has done throughout his career. We knew that what we did away from the ball, especially in defence, would be extremely important. He was totally okay with that and he understood why we had to do it. He played his part », greets Darvin Ham.
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.