Anthony Davis tried to be “very aggressive” against the Jazz after coaches’ advice

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 03: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled on a drive to the basket by Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA game at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 3, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kim Klement – Pool/Getty Images)

The Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 116-108 last night, as the purple-and-gold secured their first number one overall seed in the Western Conference since the 2009-10 season. The entertaining win last night was led by Anthony Davis, who had 42 points and 12 rebounds in a dominant performance against former DPOY winner (and current candidate) Rudy Gobert.

The game came after a subpar performance from Davis in Saturday’s loss against the Toronto Raptors. In that game, he only had 14 points on only seven field-goal attempts with a -17 plus/minus on the night. After the game against the Jazz, Davis admitted that he came out with the intention of being “very aggressive”. He also said this was asked of him by the coaches after the game against the Raptors (quote courtesy of Lakers Nation reporting).

To give Davis even more credit, head coach Frank Vogel said after the game that the Lakers may have set up some early plays for AD to succeed but that it was AD who piled in the rest with his “inner drive”. The Lakers will take that “inner drive” any time they can get it, especially as LeBron James continues to have a bit of a slow start in the bubble, at least on the offensive end. LeBron had 22 points last night making that his highest total so far in the bubble with a 20-point performance against the Raptors on Saturday and a 16-point performance against the Clippers on Thursday. Davis did average more points-per-game this year than LeBron, with the Lakers being such a more dominant team if Davis is torching the opposition. If he can do it against Rudy Gobert and the rest of the good defenders on the Jazz, then it’s somewhat safe to assume that he can do it to the rest of the NBA if need be.

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